Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson is a long time free software author and Debian developer. Jackson wrote dpkg[1][2][3] (replacing a more primitive Perl tool with the same name), SAUCE (Software Against Unsolicited Commercial Email), userv and debbugs. He used to maintain the Linux FAQ. He runs chiark.greenend.org.uk, a Linux system which is home to PuTTY among other things.

Jackson has a PhD in Computer Science[4] from Cambridge University. He currently works for Citrix[5] and previously worked for Canonical Ltd. and nCipher Corporation.

Jackson became Debian Project Leader in January 1998, before Wichert Akkerman took his place in 1999.[2] Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 (hamm) was released during his term. During that time he was also a vice-president and then president of Software in the Public Interest in 1998 and 1999.

Jackson was a member of the Debian Technical Committee[6] until November 2014 when he resigned[7] as a result of controversies around the proposed use of systemd in Debian.


  1. "dpkg/dpkg.git/blob - AUTHORS". anonscm.debian.org. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  2. 1 2 "A Brief History of Debian: Chapter 4 - A Detailed History". Debian. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  3. Perens, Bruce (1995-09-05). "redhat packaging system and dpkg". Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  4. "Who goes here ? Confidentiality of location through anonymity". chiark.greenend.org.uk. 1998-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  5. "FOSDEM 2013 - Ian Jackson". fosdem.org. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  6. "Debian's Organizational Structure". Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  7. Jackson, Ian (19 November 2014). "Resignation". Debian Mailing List. Retrieved 19 November 2014. I am resigning from the Technical Committee with immediate effect. While it is important that the views of the 30-40% of the project who agree with me should continue to be represented on the TC, I myself am clearly too controversial a figure at this point to do so. I should step aside to try to reduce the extent to which conversations about the project's governance are personalised.
Preceded by
Bruce Perens
Debian Project Leader
January 1998 – December 1998
Succeeded by
Wichert Akkerman

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