Debian was first announced on 16 August 1993, by Ian Murdock, who was then a student at Purdue University. The latest stable release of Debian is 4.0. Debian is well known for following the Unix and free software philosophies. All code names of Debian releases are names of characters from the film Toy Story - Buzz, Rex, Hamm, Woody, Sarge and Etch etc.
According to Spanish university study - Debian's 283 million lines of source code would cost US $10 billion to develop by proprietary means.
Debian is also well known for stability and many new distros based upon Debian such as Ubuntu. Today, Debian turns 15 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Sun is planning to release OpenSolaris soon with better package management, GNU userland tools and fast release cycle just like Fedora or Ubuntu Linux. Sun's Ian Murdock gave a presentation about OpenSolaris at LugRadio Live this past weekend. He explained how OpenSolaris reflects Sun's changing platform strategy and also discussed some of the technical attributes that differentiate OpenSolaris from Linux.
The first steps towards this goal have been realized in the latest developer preview release of OpenSolaris which offers a complete GNOME desktop environment as well as a package system and an installer. The final release will take place in May and the distribution will adhere to a six-month release cycle, just like Fedora and Ubuntu.
- Get Gnome desktop instead of Sun branded Java desktop. Please keep your corporate color away from my desktop.
- Currently OpenSolaris does not support virtual console
- Get complete package collection; I want something like FreeBSD ports or GNU/Debian APT repos.
- Get pulse-audio or may be ALSA sound support
=> Sun touts big plans for OpenSolaris as first release nears