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    This is going to be one of those days where I kind of just aimlessly push the reload button a few hundred times, waiting for the news story to get updated to “Haha, psych.” Which it never does.

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        Wow, this is tragic but also very mysterious. I really want to know what happened but it sounds like it’s being kept under wraps.

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          Yes. The family asked for privacy, and this does not appear to be a case where there’s any reason not to respect that. So I guess we’ll never really know, unless they choose to say something later. I’m personally going to refrain from speculation as well.

          I never knew who he was as a person, but Debian has meant a great deal to me over quite a large span of my life. It’s the only distribution I’ve known where maintainers will go to bat for users, arguing with upstream over the best way to do things to coexist as part of a larger ecosystem. Linux would be far more broken than it is without these Sisyphean efforts. I suspect that, like many engineers, Murdock would be happy to be remembered through his work - so I’d encourage everyone to take a moment to appreciate what he’s created.

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              Of course it’s cause for curiosity. I do hope the details come to light. There’s no urgency on such an investigation, and no reason to fill the search results for his name with uninformed guesses. I’d really only consider not respecting the request if they had stated something like “and we’re not going to investigate what happened, he deserved it”, you know? Let the people for whom it’s presumably a very personal situation decide how to move forward, for now.

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              Indeed, although Debian wasn’t the first distro I used, it was the first one I liked. Even today, after years of using BSD, I’m back to using Debian’s most famous derivative.