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Dedication of the Debian 2.2 release

This is the first public announcement of this intention. Some may notice
two new files in our archive (or on mirrors) and on the new Test Cycle 3
CD's. This is a dedication of this release to a recently daparted member
of our Project, Joel Klecker, who died unexpectedly at age 21.

The dedication can be found (and is attached here for completeness) at:


You will also find a file with it called dedication-2.2.sigs.tar.gz, which
contains close to 200 PGP signatures from our Developers for the

Joel's death was the result of a life long battle with Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy. Information for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association
can be found here and will be greatly appreciated (please make donations
in Joel's name, if you so desire):


  Ben Collins

/  Ben Collins  --  ...on that fantastic voyage...  --  Debian GNU/Linux   \
`  bcollins@debian.org  --  bcollins@openldap.org  --  bcollins@linux.com  '
Dedicated to Joel 'Espy' Klecker

On July 11, 2000, the Debian Project, and the Free Software Community as a
whole, lost a very dear friend and developer. For most of Joel's life he
had been fighting a disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Since
July of 1997, Joel has been a Debian developer, and for most of that time
was bed-ridden because of this disease. Joel was 21 when he died, far from
the ripe age we imagine most people in our field will reach. His great
dedication to the project is an inspiration to us all, and will never be

He was known by most of us as "Espy", his IRC nickname, and also as the
outspoken voice we heard on the mailing lists, never afraid to speak his
mind in a way that only Joel could do, with humor and directness. He
maintained a level of excellence in many important packages for Debian.
His expertise and knowledge was never questioned. Those of us who have
the honor of carrying on the work that he has done for us, will try to
maintain it to his degree of technical perfection.

Most of us had no idea the trials that Joel endured every day of his
life. Not until near the end did any of us know he even had this disease.
Only now are we realizing his dedication, and the friendship that he
bestowed upon us. So as a show of our appreciation, and in memory of his
inspirational life, this release of Debian is for him.

 * The "Joel 'Espy' Klecker" release

-- The Debian Developers

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