Sven Guckes passed away

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Bram Moolenaar

Feb 21, 2022, 8:48:47 AM2/21/22

Forwarding this text from Antonio Colombo:


Our friend Sven Guckes died in Berlin on February 20, 2022.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2021.
He went to a hospital, but surgeons could not do much for him.
At the end of January he was moved to a Hospice.
A group of friends has been with him as much as possible during all his
He died while Pugs, one of his friends, was with him.
They had just finished a chat, and Sven was smiling, but then he quieted
down and in a few moments he did not breathe any more.

Sven (when he was still a student at the Free University of Berlin) was very
active in the Vim development team in the Nineties. He was the one who set
up the domain. Later on he had the idea of "What is Vim?", an
explanation of Vim in six kilobytes, and helped with some versions of

Sven worked (and gave talks) also on a lot of other free software projects,
let us remember here just "plain" vi and mutt, but there are several
others. He had friends all over the world, and helped them, for software
problems and for real life problems in any way he could.

Let us recall here just one of his "pet projects", the mythical
"" FAQ, in which appears one of his signatures,
in newsgroup

Vale, Sven!


I met Sven only a couple of times. What I remember most is his never
ending enthusiasm. He was a good person.

I would like to dedicate the upcoming Vim 9.0 release to Sven in his

Article in German:
Hacker news:

hundred-and-one symptoms of being an internet addict:
91. It's Saturday afternoon in the middle of May and you
are on computer.

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Bram Moolenaar

Feb 24, 2022, 2:33:44 PM2/24/22

A very good article has been published by the Heise Verlag (probably the
best computer related publisher in the world):

It is in German, auto-translation works OK.

Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat.
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