[openstack-dev] In loving memory of Chris Yeoh

Day, Phil philip.day at hp.com
Wed Apr 8 09:20:22 UTC 2015

Thanks for letting us know Michael,  and thanks for doing it in such a moving way.    Sad news indeed


From: Michael Still [mailto:mikal at stillhq.com]
Sent: 08 April 2015 05:49
To: OpenStack Development Mailing List
Subject: [openstack-dev] In loving memory of Chris Yeoh

It is my sad duty to inform the community that Chris Yeoh passed away this morning. Chris leaves behind a daughter Alyssa, aged 6, who I hope will remember Chris as the clever and caring person that I will remember him as. I haven’t had a chance to confirm with the family if they want flowers or a donation to a charity. As soon as I know those details I will reply to this email.

Chris worked on open source for a very long time, with OpenStack being just the most recent in a long chain of contributions. He worked tirelessly on his contributions to Nova, including mentoring other developers. He was dedicated to the cause, with a strong vision of what OpenStack could become. He even named his cat after the project.

Chris might be the only person to have ever sent an email to his coworkers explaining what his code review strategy would be after brain surgery. It takes phenomenal strength to carry on in the face of that kind of adversity, but somehow he did. Frankly, I think I would have just sat on the beach.

Chris was also a contributor to the Linux Standards Base (LSB), where he helped improve the consistency and interoperability between Linux distributions. He ran the ‘Hackfest’ programming contests for a number of years at Australia’s open source conference -- linux.conf.au<http://linux.conf.au>. He supported local Linux user groups in South Australia and Canberra, including involvement at installfests and speaking at local meetups. He competed in a programming challenge called Loki Hack, and beat out the world to win the event[1].

Alyssa’s memories of her dad need to last her a long time, so we’ve decided to try and collect some fond memories of Chris to help her along the way. If you feel comfortable doing so, please contribute a memory or two at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kX-ePqAO7Cuudppwqz1cqgBXAsJx27GkdM-eCZ0c1V8/viewform

Chris was humble, helpful and honest. The OpenStack and broader Open Source communities are poorer for his passing.


[1] http://www.lokigames.com/hack/
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