Our friend Nicolas Chalumeau has departed this world on the 4th of October 2005 at the age of 27.
The Apache Software Foundation would like to express its condolences to Nicolas' family and friends.
Nicolas had been developing open source software at Apache for several years. He was participating in several projects including Jakarta Cactus and Apache Maven. But even more importantly than helping those projects, what made Nicolas stand apart was his kindness and his generosity. He was always open to discussion and was constantly helping others. On the Cactus project he was regularly the first to answer questions from newcomers trying to use Cactus.
Recently he had taken up the important task of helping migrate Cactus to use Cargo and he had been working diligently towards that task. Actually Nicolas had been doing such a great job on the Cactus project that the Cactus committers had unanimously voted him in to become a committer. Nicolas was voted an Apache committer on the 1st of August 2005. I had several discussions with Nicolas about this new role and he was extremely happy to be part of the Apache Foundation.
Nicolas, we'll miss you, but the work you have done for the community will be remembered forever and will live on. All our thoughts and good wishes are with you and your loved ones.
-Vincent on behalf of the Apache community