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In memoriam: Linux evangelist and editor Joe Barr

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 12, 2008 11:45 AM
they really are out to get you, and I can't believe they're going to stop just because you've moved along to better digs.

I hate this. Now and then I'll see a notice that somebody I knew only through the internet has died. That's bad enough. But I got the chance to press flesh and bend elbows with Papa Joe, and that's a whole lot worse.

I had the privilege of meeting flesh-and-blood Joe a couple of times, introduced by my friend and ex-LT editor Paul Ferris at Linuxworld.

Kind of looked the way he wrote - Texas direct, hard-hitting, and quick to smile. Tough old coot.

And always involved.

I once had the privilege of doing a tiny favor for him. He was pounding the war drums over some Microsoft hanky and panky WRT software contracts in Austin. He asked if might write one of "my articles", the silly little things I used to do. I was honored that he asked. It's about as close as I've ever come to being commissioned to do something - and by a Linux writer I read and respected, no less. Joe thanked me and said he liked it, but he would have done that if I wrote a hundred lines of "All work and no play...". If you're interested, you can find it at:

The free software world is a little poorer today.

PS: Joe - I have it on good authority that Toadie is wiping back a tear and raising a glass. Says you were a hundred times more fun than anybody at RedmondWare.

Dean Pannell (aka dinotrac)


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