Debian Celebrates 10th Birthday with Parties Around the World

The Debian Project is celebrating its 10th birthday with several parties around the globe. The project was founded by Ian Murdock in 1993 and has since grown to become a large, well-organized community of developers and users. To maintain high standards of quality, Debian has adopted an extensive set of policies and procedures for packaging and delivering software.

The most prominent guidelines are the Debian Free Software Guidelines which direct Debian's interpretation of Free Software and upon which the distribution is based. More than 1,100 people are registered as developers in the project and an additional two hundred have applied to join. The distribution is tripartite, consisting of the stable release, testing distribution, and unstable distribution. The Debian Project is celebrating its birthday at various places around the globe, with parties planned in several countries. Interested people are invited to attend these parties and participate in the community.