Tragic passing of Ian Murdock

News breaking tonight of the sad passing Monday of Ian Murdock founder of Debian.

It's not wise to speculate nor should anyone start openly discussing the reasons behind his death. Right now concentrate on his achievements. Personally I'm just gutted he never got the chance to demonstrate his brilliance at Docker after joining them so recently.

I can't imagine the personal torture he endured the last few days or to speculate on his state of mind, nor do I want to. More it's the tragic loss of someone who gave so much at a formulaic stage of open source when we were all finding our feet.

What he co-created has lasted and given birth to so many derived versions. His attitude to packaging and release and his influence on others will long be remembered.

Life is fragile. Go hug someone who needs it. You never know the difference it will make. We should right now be thinking of his family and his kids and the pride he had in being a father. Everything else is just noise.