Another pioneer is lost: William F. Acker, one of the personalities profiled in +Phil Lapsley
's Exploding the Phone
. He will be missed by many in the telephony and Linux accessibility communities. I wish I'd made the time to get back to our phone conversation we started late last year.
From a mail list post by Kirk Reiser, relayed by Jayson Smith:
Writing to let people know that a long time friend and contributor Bill Acker wb2flw passed away last evening.
Bill was responsible for putting our first Redhat and fedora speakup enabled distributions together. In more recent years he maintained the server where we shared dns services and provided mail and mail backup for many members of the community.
He was an avid ham and phone freak and maintained a freeswitch which many people using voip still use.
I am going to miss him very much. I'm sure others here will as well. He died of complications to his prostate cancer which he's been fighting for the past couple years.
73s Bill. It's been a good journey.