For those that do not know already, Seth Vidal (skvidal) passed away last night. I am mentioning here in case people have not already read the news, as I wanted everyone to know. Robin from the Fedora Project has shared details in this post:
also some coverage on durham.io
which you may have seen elsewhere:
Seth was a good friend and an amazing person. I think I remember first meeting him through memo-list at Red Hat (it was an off topic list, where he often championed environmentalism and good social causes and lots of other things!) and went on to know him a lot better as we collaborated in building Func and often met up in Durham and talked shop (and came up with crazy patent ideas for Red Hat to pay us for! Such fun times!). As you know, Func was a major inspiration to this project. His many of his thoughts on Ansible and the way he thought of it meant more to me than anyone, and he provided tons of great advice and help (often on very difficult problems!), in addition to helping lots of you on the list and IRC as many of you can relate.
Without a doubt, this project would not have existed if not for him. It would not have continued beyond it's first few months without him either. And it's way better because of him.
As you may know, Seth is the author of yum, you may use it every single day, as well as numerous patches to Ansible (including the yum module!), and was super helpful keeping the Fedora project going in many aspects. He has done a lot for Open Source. This should not be about software though.
Seth was an absolutely great guy, and I will really miss him hugely. Think of him as you use his software and look to what you can improve in the world with what you do. Make a difference.
We will miss you Seth. Words are greatly insufficient.