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    Leftie Linux Lover the_JinX's Avatar
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    Dark day for OSS in Netherlands

    Hans Bakker a prominent member of the Dutch OpenSource community has died in a carcrash earlier today..


    My condolances go out to the family and friends of Hans Bakker.

    And a heartfelt get well to Edwin and Sebastian.

    All mentioned times are in CEST (UTC +0200).
    • There has been a car accident returning from a trip to bring Richard Stallman (RMS) from SANE 2004 to Paris. (confirmed by several sources)
    • they collided with a truck which merged onto their lane while driving in fog at 06:48. Also see the traffic report below.
    • Exact time of the accident is unknown. It was on the morning of September 30th before 09:00.
    • Richard Stallman was dropped off in Paris and no longer in the car (confirmed by Rop and Richard).
    • At the time of the accident Hans Bakker (mclightje), Edwin Hermans (madeddie), and Sebastian S. (webmind) were in the car. (confirmed).
    • The car belongs to Rop Gonggrijp, who lent it to the travelers. RMS was staying with Rop during SANE. (confirmed by Rop)
    • Hans Bakker (photo, homepage) did not survive the crash. (confirmed by girlfriend)
    • Edwin Hermans has a broken hip and has been transfered to a different hospital for surgery. Sebastian is (or was by now) in surgery for broken bones but is not in critical condition.
    • This appears to be the traffic report for the accident, as taken infotraffic.
      Code:
      30-09-2004 13:50 ACCIDENT MORTEL à ASSEVILLERS (80) sur A1 (sens SUD-NORD)
      ENTRE PERONNE ET ROYE
      Début : 30-09-2004 06:48
      VICTIMES : 1 TUE(S)
      VEHICULES EN CAUSE : 2 POIDS LOURD(S), 3 VEHICULE(S) LEGER(S)
      OBSERVATIONS :SENS PARIS LILLE, SORTIE CONSEILLÉE A29 SAINT QUENTIN
      .BOUCHON DE 4 KM.
      Evénement terminé depuis 30-09-2004 13:50
    http://www.wiggy.net/tmp/accident/

    http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...tid=99&tid=117

    http://lwn.net/Articles/104539/

    http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?.../09/30/1335200

    (dutch and quite a crappy article) http://www.webwereld.nl/nieuws/19639.phtml (!! dutch !!)

    (!! dutch !!) http://www.nedlinux.nl/modules/news/index.php (!! dutch !!)

    Hans was the former coordinator of NetworkEvent 2000 (a dutch hackers convention / lanparty) and Klaphek (hackers club), they adjusted their site accordingly (!! dutch !!) http://www.ne2000.nl/ (!! dutch !!) http://www.klaphek.net (!! dutch !!)


    I was at SANE2004 yesterday for RMS's speech and personaly know (irl and irc) the others involved...

    Thread will be updated as soon as more info is available..
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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    dude, even though I'm talking to you on AIM, I have to say this:

    I was sitting at school today on my laptop, and opened Ximian to check mail, and I started reading the news stories from there while it grabbed my E-Mail, and I saw this. First thing I thought was "Holy **** Jinx was just there!".

    Then I waited, thinking.... OH YEA!!!! Guys, this is the second Debian Developer to die from a Car crash in 6 months. I think it was around that length of time, might have been longer or shorter, not sure of the exact date, but the other guy was not too long ago. They are losing people =(

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