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Dennis Ritchie Dead at 70

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Obits Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog post.

Steve Jobs is Dead at 56

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Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday.

Debian Project mourns the loss of Adrian von Bidder

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Obits The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Adrian von Bidder (cmot) died on April 17th.

My new favorite GNOME Patch

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Obits For those of us without a disability, understanding the challenge users may experience when trying to use a computer can be a foreign concept.

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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Obits Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84. He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

'Leave It to Beaver' Mom dead at 94

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Obits Barbara Billingsley, whose portrayal of June Cleaver in the television sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” established a lasting archetype for the devoted suburban mom of the 1950s, has died. She was 94.

Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

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Obits New York native and Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died of COPD and heart failure. He was 85 years old.

Debian mourns the loss of Frans Pop

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Obits The Debian Project has lost a member of its community. Frans Pop (fjp) died on August 20th.

Dennis Hopper, creator of hit 'Easy Rider,' dies

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Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.

Gary "Watchu talking about Willis" Coleman dead at age 42

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Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week. We've learned Gary's wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM. He was 42.

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