In memoriam: Linux evangelist and Linux.com editor Joe Barr
Posted by: Anonymous
on July 14, 2008 02:50 AM
I knew Joe through his writing before we exchanged some email and a lot of banter on IRC, and later met just a few times -- he invited me to join with some of his wonderful relatives at a little restaurant south of Austin. I knew I was at the right place when I saw his custom WARTHOG tag in the parking lot. I'd heard he was "irrascible" among other long words, and I wasn't sure what to expect, though he'd sounded nice enough online and on the phone. Joe, who I knew was a smart writer and technically astute guy, turned out also to be one of the warmest, kindest people I've met, instantly more-than-likeable. I had no idea he was a pony-tailed, ex-Navy, self-educated, free-ranging poet but he was all of those things, and I'm glad I got to experience him as a friend and source of always-useful commentary and editing. When people use the word "rennaissance man," it's people like Joe they're describing. To call his background complex is understating the case.
When I saw him in Chicago not long ago, he instantly told me with regret that the little restaurant we'd eaten at had closed, and we discussed some appropriate replacements for when next I came to see him in Texas -- now I can only regret not making it down. Everyone who's met Joe knows he'll be missed from this point on.