Debian Linux Founder Ian Murdock Dead at 42

The seemingly troubled life of an open source technology leader came to a sudden, premature end in San Francisco this week. Software engineer Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian Linux and later a senior staffer at Docker, died Monday at age 42 -- under circumstances that aren?EU?t yet clear.

Born in West Germany, Murdock (pictured) moved to the United States and attended Purdue University. In January 2006, he became chief technology officer of the Free Standards Group and was elected chair of the Linux Standard Base workgroup.

He continued as CTO of the Linux Foundation when the group was formed from the merger of the Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs. He then left the following year when he was named vice president of emerging platforms at Sun Microsystems. He stayed there until the company merged with Oracle in early 2010. From 2011 until 2015 Murdock was vice president of platform and developer community at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. He began working at Docker in November.

Unclear Circumstances

No details about the cause of Murdock?EU?s death have been released, but it came after a period of several days when he had numerous run-ins with police in San Francisco, where he lived. Sources told ZDNet that last Saturday, police responded to reports of a man, who turned out to be Murdock, trying to break into a home. Murdock was reportedly drunk and resisted arrest. He was given a ticket for two counts of assault and one for obstructing a police officer, and he was treated for an abrasion on his forehead.

Then at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, he was arrested after banging on the door of a neighbor in the same block. An EMT treated him at the scene for undisclosed injuries, and Murdock was arrested and taken to the San Francisco County...

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