On Aaron Swartz 2013-01-13

Through both LWN and netzpolitik.org I just heard that Aaron Swartz has committed suicide. While watching his speech “How we stopped SOPA” his name ring a bell with me, I looked into my inbox and found that he and I once had a brief chat on html2text, I piece of free software of his that I was in touch with in the context of Gentoo Linux. So there is this software, his website, these past mails, this amazing talk, his political work that I didn’t know about… and he’s dead. It only takes a few minutes of watching the talk to get the feeling that this is a great loss to society.

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