Very saddened today morning upon hearing the news of Atul Chitnis passing away. He was battling cancer for a while and he finally lost it. I am sure he will be peaceful in the Happy Computing Community.
I have known him from his early PCQuest days and my awareness of Linux was primarily due to his PCQlinux distribution initiative. However he will be remembered the most for the FOSS.IN conference. Without him FOSS.IN has lost a father figure. I have been visiting the conference from the time it was originally called Linux Bangalore and his influence over the flocks gathering there was unmistakable. He did have his quirks and share of disagreements with others in the Indian FOSS community but his far-reaching contributions in the Indian FOSS scene overshadow everything else.