Debian Releases and Toy Story
Did you know that Debian releases are named after characters from the Toy Story films? I began using it with Debian 4 (Etch) in 2007. It was named after Etch A Sketch, one of Andy's toys. The latest release, Debian 10 (Buster), is named after Andy's pet puppy.
The name Debian itself is a portmanteau of the names Ian Murdock (the creator of Debian) and Debra Lynn (his then-girlfriend, later ex-wife). As a result, this name has been called a curiously personal name for such a community-oriented project.
I was using Fedora and Ubuntu in 2007 when a member of a local Linux
User Group (LUG) introduced me to Debian. Its simplicity and
elegance, its vast package repository, and its stability and
robustness made me an ardent user of this distribution pretty
quickly. Thirteen years later, I still use Debian on my laptops,
Linode servers, and virtual machines. I run
my personal website on Debian too. I
have got so used to
apt-get install and the large
number of tools available in the Debian repositories that I keep a
Debian virtual machine or a remote shell handy when I am working on
a non-Debian system. Over these years, I have gradually moved from
GNOME 2 to GNOME 3 and then to Xfce 4. It really helps that Debian
still provides an installation CD with Xfce as the default. In case
anyone is interested, I have documented and shared
setup notes on GitHub.