[UPDATED] Debian Founder Ian Murdock’s Tweets Are Raising Eyebrows


Ian Murdock, known for starting the Debian project, filled up his Twitter feed with a traumatic experience he seems to have gone through with the police.

Update: 12/29/2015 – Ian Murdock’s Twitter account has been taken down. There has also been no update on his blog.

Update: 12/30/2015Docker.com is reporting that Ian Murdock has passed away, no details were given but we will continue to bring updates as they come.

Update: 12/30/2015 – Tweets in memory of Ian are starting to appear.

Update: 12/30/2015VentureBeat is confirming that Ian has passed, no comment from Docker and the San Francisco PD has not issued a statement.

Update: 01/01/2016 – We have new details posted about the night Murdock passed away here on Techaeris.

Original story:

It all started with his first tweet today where he announced that he would commit suicide.

He has since declared that he won’t take that drastic step and over the course of many tweets, he has released some of the details which prompted these tweets. Apparently, he was attacked by the police for “knowing” on his neighbor’s door. We’re not sure exactly what he means by that, though it could be an auto-correct for “knocking.”

He also tweeted that his bail for “assault against a police officer” was $25,000. This implies that he spent some time in jail. He has announced that he’s writing up his experiences and that he’ll publish them on his blog.

We’re waiting for more details and we’ve reached out to him via Email and Twitter. We’re also aware that he might have lost control of his Twitter account and someone else might be behind these tweets. We will be sure to post any updates when we hear more, either from his Twitter feed or from his blog. He has also invited help from anyone who can give it.

Strange things are going on for sure, and we’ll continue to hope that everything is ok.

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