Community: Linux Shadow Password HOWTO Author Passes Away
Apr 08, 2003, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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Mike Jackson, Linux Shadow Password HOWTO (LSPH) author, passed
away on Friday, March 28th at the young age of 38. The Linux
community has lost a great friend and advocate.
In addition to maintaining the LSPH all these years Mike was
also a Navy Sonar Instructor, Reserve Police Officer, President and
founding member of TSCNet, Treasurer and founding member of the
Kitsap Peninsula Linux User Group, and contributor to various Open
Source projects such as the PHP SNMP module and the Sharp Camera
package for OpenZaurus.
You may notice that the last update of the Linux Shadow Password
HOWTO was v1.5, 7 April 1998. This isn't because he lost interest,
but because the HOWTO did its job. It convinced everyone to start
including shadow password support in their distribution by default,
making the HOWTO unnecessary.
When Mike took on a new project he dove in head-first. When he
found bugs he'd fix them and contribute the patches back to the
project. When he found a lack of support for some feature he would
add it himself. He set an example for what a true Linux hacker
ought to be, demanding excellence and openness from the software
and helping to improve it where there were flaws.
Mike's passing has deeply effected all of his family and
friends; we will miss him greatly. We have gathered together the
pieces of his homepage (he wasn't too good at updating it, and
parts of it came from www.archive.org) and reassembled it along
with other links at http://www.kplug.org/~mhjack.
If you have some memories of Mike that you would like to share,
please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add them to his
homepage, or post them to the KPLUG messageboard at