[Linux-aus] In loving memory of Chris Yeoh

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Wed Apr 8 14:49:50 AEST 2015

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

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. 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

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

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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