Debian Project mourns the loss of Jens Schmalzing

August 9th, 2005

The Debian Project has lost another member of its community. Jens Schmalzing (jensen) died on July 30th in a tragic accident at his workplace in Munich.

Jens was involved in Debian as a maintainer of several packages, as supporter of the PowerPC port, as a member of the kernel team, and was instrumental in taking the PowerPC kernel package to version 2.6. He also maintained the Mac-on-Linux emulator and its kernel modules, helped with the installer and with local Munich activities. The kernel team dedicates the 2.6.12-2 release to him.

The Debian Project honours his good work and strong dedication to Debian and Free Software. The contribution of Jens will not be forgotten, and other developers will continue his work.

Jens will be missed. He left behind a wife and three children, who have our sympathy.

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