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1 <define-tag pagetitle>Debian Community celebrates its 19th birthday</define-tag>
2
3 <define-tag release_date>2012-08-16</define-tag>
4 #use wml::debian::news
5
6 <p>
7 The Debian community is pleased to celebrate its 19th birthday since Ian Murdock's original
8 <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3bcdcc6">founding
9 announcement</a>.
10 Quoting from the
11 <a href="http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-intro.en.html">official project history</a>:
12 <q>The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. At that
13 time, the whole concept of a 'distribution' of Linux was new. Ian intended Debian to be
14 a distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU.</q>
15 </p>
16
17 <p>
18 A lot has happened to the project and its community in the past nineteen
19 years. There have been eleven releases - most recently <a href="$(HOME)/News/2011/20110205a">
20 Debian 6.0 <q>Squeeze</q></a> in February 2011 - and a huge amount of free software packaged. The
21 current <q>unstable</q> branch consists of more than 37,000 binary packages
22 for the amd64 architecture alone - over 46 GB of Free/Libre Software!
23 Since last year's birthday new steps to portability have been made;
24 <a href="http://www.debian.org/ports/">11 official ports</a> are now available,
25 amongst which Debian/kFreeBSD deserves a special mention for successfully
26 integrating a non-Linux kernel within the project.
27 </p>
28
29 <p>
30 Debian 7.0, codenamed Wheezy, was frozen in July 2012, following a time-based freeze policy,
31 and currently the main activity throughout the project is squashing the
32 remaining RC bugs. Again, Debian will strive to maintain its goals of technical
33 excellence, accountability, and above all, freedom.
34 </p>
35
36 <p>
37 This has been made possible by the efforts of the strong community developed around Debian.
38 Besides more than 1,000 Debian Developers and Maintainers from all over the globe,
39 there are in excess of 12,000 registered accounts for the
40 <a href="http://alioth.debian.org/">Alioth collaboration platform</a>, and that
41 doesn't even include all those people contributing with <a href="http://i18n.debian.org/">translations</a>
42 or <a href="http://www.debian.org/Bugs/">bug reports</a> (and sometimes patches for them)
43 and all those users helping others via our <a href="http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/">mailing lists</a>,
44 <a href="http://forums.debian.net/">forums</a> and <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/">IRC channels</a>.
45 </p>
46
47 <p>
48 As a project, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our
49 users and contributors, and of course our upstream developers. All of
50 them are helping to make Debian a great experience and a great project!
51 </p>
52
53 <p>
54 The Debian Project continues to
55 <a href="http://www.debian.org/intro/help"> welcome contributions</a>
56 in all forms, from everyone, encouraging people to download, use, modify
57 and distribute its source code hoping that it will prove useful.
58 </p>
59
60
61 <h2>Contact Information</h2>
62
63 <p>For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
64 <a href="$(HOME)/">http://www.debian.org/</a> or send mail to
65 &lt;press@debian.org&gt;.</p>
66

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