Rob Levin of Freenode has passed away

Many of you who use the freenode network may have met the man, alias lilo in the #ruby-lang channel where he frequently hung out and conversed. I had the fortunate chance to speak with him on a few occasions in April of 2006.

Rob Levin, founder of the Peer-Directed Projects Center and Freenode IRC network, passed away from injuries sustained in a bike crash on September 12th.

Levin’s death was announced as a “Global Message” on the Freenode IRC network:

[17:16] -christel- [Global Notice] On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode’s lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and passed away in hospital on the 16th. For more information please visit #freenode-announce

According to the Peer-Directed Projects Center web site:

“PDPC, an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, was created in 2002 to run the freenode network and to establish a variety of programs relating to peer-directed project communities. From the PDPC charter:

The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to help peer-directed project communities flourish. Peer-directed projects combine open, informal participation with broad licensing and wide dissemination of output.

PDPC activities include:

Operation of freenode

  The freenode interactive network provides resources to a variety of communities, including those involved with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The network has a staff of about 20 volunteers who contribute varying amounts of their time; staff activities include 24/7 operations, assistance to users, code development and maintenance and problem resolution. They're supervised by PDPC's paid staffer.

Future Programs.

  PDPC exists to support peer-directed communities. The best-developed examples of such communities are those devoted to free software and open source software. While primary emphasis is currently on the continuing operation of freenode, PDPC is intended to eventually take on a broader role, including:

      o The design and implementation of educational and advocacy programs to encourage the use of free software in stable, non-tech industries, to help improve the stability of the community employment base,

      o The implementation of vocational support and placement services for community members, and

      o The implementation of educational programs for community members in the areas of technical and collaborative skills."

Rob is survived by wife Debbie and son Benjamin.