We at BSD News are especially remorseful at learning about the death of one of the fathers of UNIX. Dennis Ritchie passed away on October 8th. It is sufficient to say that without the contributions of Mr. Ritchie the world would be extremely different. Just about every major computer technology we take for granted today is a direct result of his work. You can read about his various works in the many obituaries as well as the Wikipedia page.
While many in the Linux world lament this loss it is some what different in the BSD camp. In plainer terms the loss of Ritchie is to those of us in the BSD world what the loss of Torvalds would be to Linux. However what you must bear in mind is that while BSD is a direct descendant of his work Linux if a tangent and merely a copy. Respectfully even Mac OS X is more inline with the work pioneered by Dennis Ritchie and is coworkers.
That being said think of all of the things that we would not have any of the modern technological conveniences that we enjoy today. There would be no iPods, cel phones, personal computers or even Microsoft Windows for that matter. All of these technologies depend upon the C programming language and many of them run a derivative of you guessed it UNIX.
The is a proposal on the the FreeBSD mailing list to dedicate the forthcoming 9.x release of the operating system in honor of Dennis Ritchie. I can honestly think of no better tribute that this considering all that his work has given us.
Perhaps if we receive enough positive commentary we can persuade the developers to follow through on this noble honor.
Please eave your support in the comment stream.