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.
So today rolled over to 1st December which marks the fifth anniversary of coming back to RedHat. I first worked with Red Hat seventeen years ago. Actually it was only a few days ago I was talking to old work colleagues about booth duty at Linuxworld Paris in February 2000. It seems a lifetime ago. Rhys Oxenham my Red Hat colleague then reminded me he was 12 when I was on stage talking about Samba and LinuxHA. I felt incredibly old.
A lifetime spent in Open Source and security has brought me so many friendships. I'm closer to some of my friends in Linux than I am my own family. They know who they are and those relationships are forged in the fires of kernel lists, security vulnerabilities, podcasts and Red Hat Summits.
Long days, long nights, eighteen hour days and making my wife a Linux widow, this year post stroke I've found a work life balance that works for me. Also a massive big shout out personally to Bryan Che. One of the smartest folk I've ever met and a mentor who is so tolerant and actually believes in people. Wish we could clone him.
Working at RedHat is not a job. It's a responsibility to do it right.