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Ian Ashley Murdock was born in Konstanz, West Germany on April 28, 1973. He wrote the Debian Manifesto in 1993 while a student at Purdue University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1996. He named Debian after his then-girlfriend Debra Lynn, and himself (Deb and Ian).1 They subsequently married (between 1993 - 1996), filed for divorce on the week of August 10, 2007,2 and were granted the divorce in January, 2008.3
On joining Sun, he led Project Indiana, which he described as "taking the lesson that Linux has brought to the operating system and providing that for Solaris", making a full OpenSolaris distribution with GNOME and userland tools from GNU plus a network-based package management system.4 From March 2007 to February 2010, he was Vice President of Emerging Platforms at Sun,5 until the company merged with Oracle and he resigned his position with the company.