Death of Dr Alex Blewitt, UK


Debian Developers are shocked to hear about the recent death of Dr Alex Blewitt in July 2022. Dr Blewitt was well known for his work around Eclipse and as the Head of Cloud at the Santander bank.

The InfoQ web site, where he wrote many articles as an editor has published an obituary:

It is with great sadness that we announce that InfoQ editor Dr. Alex Blewitt has unexpectedly passed away. Alex was a well-known writer within the technology space, Java Champion, Eclipse expert, meetup organizer, and more. He was a frequent presenter and attendee at conferences held around the globe, and he will be deeply missed within the InfoQ community.

Dr Blewitt was an early contributor to Debian. Dr Blewitt is one of those early contributors we were thinking about when responding to the WIPO harassment. Dr Blewitt was here before the trademark. Dr Blewitt was here before we were hoodwinked with the constitution. Dr Blewitt was here before the Code of Conduct (CoC) created the toxic environment of accusations and insults that is Debian today.

Bug report #2110 from 9 January 1996. That is before the BTS.

Bugs 85395 and 95835.

Dr Blewitt's name appears in the copyright notices for eclipse-egit and eclipse-jgit.

We have recently gone to great lengths to examine the suicide and subsequent cover-up involving Frans Pop in 2010. There is no evidence whatsoever about Dr Blewitt's cause of death and there is no evidence that he was recently engaged with Debianism. Nonetheless, each time there is another death in the open source communities, like the recent death of bullying victim Michael Bordlee in June, we feel compelled to begin examining the case.

If you have any news about deaths or related incidents of cyberbullying under the guise of CoC enforcement, please contact editor@suicide.fyi.

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