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Debian mourns the Loss of two Project Members

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian mourns the Loss of two Project Members           press@debian.org
May 15th, 2004                  http://www.debian.org/News/2004/20040515

Debian mourns the loss of two project members

Recently, the Debian Project has lost two members of its community.
Manuel Estrada Sainz (ranty) and Andrés García (ErConde) were killed in
a tragic car accident while returning from the Free Software conference
held at Valencia, Spain.

Manuel Estrada Sainz was a kernel hacker and maintained a number of
packages in Debian including the VisualOS educational tool, for which he
was the lead developer as well.  The Orinoco USB driver as well as the
multi-purpose firmware loading support he developed for the Linux kernel
are also provided in Debian.

Andrés García was a Debian advocate, a contributor in the development of
the custom Debian distribution for the Junta de Andalucia (regional
government for most of southern Spain) and also an active member (and
administrator) within the Spanish Hispalinux association.

The Debian Project honors their good work and strong dedication to
Debian and Free Software.  The contributions of both Manuel and Andrés
will not be forgotten, and other developers will continue their work.

Manuel and Andrés will both be missed.

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