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Salon: Guru of the Unix gurus

Sep 01, 2000, 06:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rachel Chalmers)

"A year after his death, the programming community still treasures the influence of Rich Stevens."

"When Andrew Hume presented the Usenix Lifetime Achievement Award in San Diego in June, he managed to say exactly two words -- "Richard Stevens" -- before a standing ovation drowned him out. "I sat next to Richard's family at the presentation," says Tom Christiansen, a well-known figure in the Perl programming community who had known Stevens on and off for years. "It was stunning. I don't know if his family did, but I sure noticed a lot of the audience in tears...."

"His death hit the close-knit Unix community hard. Fiercely intelligent and deeply private, Stevens set an example for everyone in the Unix world. What he didn't know, he determined to find out; what he did know, he strove to pass on to anyone who was interested. A year after his death, memories of one of the Unix community's most beloved experts are still fresh and vital."

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