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Re: (forw) Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop

Sorry for the top post.

This is a shocking news indeed. Although, I am not active these days
on Debian, but I still remember my interactions with Frans on IRC
while testing D-I.

A great loss. My heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace.

- Nishant

On 8/31/10, Christian PERRIER <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:
> Most of you may read Debian News, but some probably don't. In any
> case, I felt the need to foward these very sad news to i18n
> contributors.
> Please find a more personal comment of mine at the end of this mail.
> ----- Forwarded message from Debian Project <press@debian.org> -----
> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:46:16 +0200
> From: Debian Project <press@debian.org>
> To: debian-news@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop
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> The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
> Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop             press@debian.org
> August 31st, 2010               http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100831
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop
> The Debian Project has lost a member of its community. Frans Pop (fjp)
> died on August 20th.
> Frans was involved in Debian as a maintainer of several packages, a
> supporter of the S/390 port, and one of the most involved members of
> the Debian Installer team. He was a Debian Listmaster, editor and
> release manager of the Installation Guide and the release notes, as
> well as a Dutch translator.
> The Debian Project honours his good work and strong dedication to
> Debian and Free Software.  Frans' broad technical knowledge and his
> ability to share that knowledge with others will be missed.  The
> contributions of Frans will not be forgotten, and the high standards of
> his work will continue to serve as an inspiration to others.
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> operating systems Debian GNU/Linux.
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> Personal comment by myself:
> The news about Frans' death was a shock to me when I received it on
> Sunday Aug 22nd.
> The i18n/l10n community of Debian lost one of its most active
> contributors. Frans' first contributions to Debian were indeed in the
> field of documentation and localization (in Dutch, his native
> language).
> Frans lead the Debian Installer management for two years and has a
> great part in the success of the Debian Installer releases and, as a
> consequence, in the success of Debian releases.
> Until the very end of his life, he was committed to work on Dutch
> localization of D-I, to prepare releases of the Debian Installation
> Guide (which included coordination the translation work for it) and so
> many contributions that make it hard to list.
> Frans was very well known and respected for the very high quality
> standard he was applying in all his work for Debian, which helped a
> lot of ourselves to raise our own quality standards.
> I am very proud for having been a very close Debian colleague of Frans
> all over 6 years of mutual contributions in Debian (the first message
> Frans sent to the debian-boot mailing list was on March 1st
> 2004). While it's hard to define who is a friend and who is not in a
> virtual community like ours, I think that we both shared enough good
> and bad moments for being as close as people can be in a large project
> like Debian.
> The Debian Project was represented at Frans' funeral ceremony and
> several Debian developers could show Frans' family how shocked we
> were, expressed the respect that the project members had for him and
> could share their grief and pain.
> I know that many of you share these feelings.
> Rest In Peace, my friend. You will be missed.
> --

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