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Arch Linux lost one of its biggest contributors

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go2linux.org: Jan Mette (funkyou) passed away of as-yet unknown causes. Jan was a major contributor to the Arch Linux community, the creator of KDEmod and a founding member of the Chakra team.

Ed Roberts, creator of early PC, dies

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cnet.com: Ed Roberts, whose early Altair 8800 computer helped inspire Bill Gates and Paul Allen to start Microsoft, died Thursday. He was 68.

Linux Mint team member Mats Geier passes

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linuxmint.com/blog: I don’t really know how to say this. Our friend and fellow team member Mats Geier passed away. Some of us have been working with him for 3 years now. Husse and I were in contact almost every day and I find it really hard to cope with his loss. I’m sure many people in the community will be deeply touched.

The World Is Mourning The Loss Of Bruno Knaapen – Linux Advocate

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lockergnome.com: I joined Scot’s Newsletter Forum back in April, 2003 and took advantage of one of the forum’s Linux advocates. We knew him simply as Bruno, a man who knew Linux, and who had the patience to deal with us newbie’s who hounded him for advice.

J.D. Salinger, novelist of modern anomie, dead at 91

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jewishjournal.com: J. D. Salinger, the novelist whose “Catcher in the Rye,” was the gateway drug for a generation of teenagers, readers and writers resisting the social conformity, and who became almost as famous for being reclusive as he was for his novel and his collections of short stories, died at his home in New Hampshire, at 91.

Confirmed: Brittany Murphy dies

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hollywoodreporter.com: Brittany Murphy died Sunday morning, sources confirm after reports surfaced on gossip Web site TMZ.com. She was 32.

Death of FreeBSD contributor John Birrell

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

Patrick Swayze dies at 57

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latimes.com: Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57.

Walter Cronkite dies at 92

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variety.com: Walter Cronkite, the TV newsman who became known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 19 years as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," died today of cancer. He was 92.

Michael Jackson is dead at 50

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reuters.com: Michael Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing to exuberant rhythms for decades, died on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times said. He was 50.

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