Friday, September 11, 2009


Reading PlanetKde I found out terrible news: Matt Rosewarne passed away.This is so shocking.
I met Matt at 2008's Akademy, we arrived at the same time, one day earlier, and got into the same room. We befriended very fast. Mostly because he was such an amusing and funny person.
After that, we hanged around for most of the convention together. We talked, walked, coded, sang and drank together. Heck, we even went for "tourist day" in Brussels (Charles "njaard" came with us that time).
Unfortunately, after we split up I couldn't locate him on IRC, most of the persons I talked to called him "Missing In Action".
So, today, when I read that he had passed away, it just turned my stomach. I knew he had some kind of a disease (he took quite a bunch of pills, hard to miss it), but never went into specifics. I still was expecting to find him on IRC or in the next akademy to help him buy another whip if the need arose (we had to search thoroughly to find the pink one!).

I give my most sincere condolences to his family. What else can I say that hasn't been said before?. Perhaps, that this is a loss to the FOSS community and, to me, a personal loss.

Good bye my good friend. Till we meet again.


jospoortvliet said...

I was unpleasantly surprised when I read the bad news too. I didn't know Matthew intimately but we had a chat a few times and he was a very nice guy. He will be missed by the community. I wish his family the the very best in this difficult time.

Sidney said...

I am Matt's father, Sidney, and I greatly appreciate the warmth that members of this community have expressed for him. Matt was also my tech support and Linux guru for most of the past 5-6 years, and I miss him terribly. Thank you all for your kind words.
Sidney Kahn (Matt's last name, Rosewarne was his middle name)