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Death of FreeBSD contributor John Birrell

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Craig Rodrigues writes that his friend and colleague John Birrell passed away.

John has contributed much to the Free code over the years:

port of Sun’s DTrace to FreeBSD (2007)
contributed BSD licensed libdwarf to FreeBSD (2008)
contributed initial implementation of FreeBSD on DEC Alpha, from NetBSD (1998)
contributed original libc_r pthread implementation to FreeBSD before KSE (1998)
contributed to port of Sun UltraSPARC-T1 (Niagara) to FreeBSD (2005)

John Birrell was a Unix developer since 1988 and a FreeBSD user since version 1.0.5. He had a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Electrical, First Class Honours, 1981) from Monash University in Australia.

While on a business trip visiting his employer Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A., John suffered a stroke, and passed away on November 20, 2009.

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