Open source luminary Atul Chitnis dies of cancer at age 51

Atul Chitnis, a pioneering technologist and former contributing editor to the landmark Indian IT publication PCQuest, died Monday at the age of 51, following a battle with intestinal cancer.

Chitnis was a leading authority on a wide range of technological subjects, but he is likely best known for his work in the world of open source software — he is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the creation of a vibrant open source community in India, and an important evangelist for FOSS. His zeal is plain in one of his favored descriptions of himself as an “irrationally committed product guy,” still seen on his Twitter bio and LinkedIn page.