Matriarch of system administration is missing at sea

Evi Nemeth, who authored text books on Unix system administration, is missing while sailing in the Tasman Sea (infamous for treacherous winter storms) from New Zealand to Australia. Born in 1940, since 1980 she taught computer science and networking at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since retiring in 2001, she’s sailed her 40-foot boat everywhere. In New Zealand, she hopped aboard a friend’s old 70-foot wooden sailboat with six other people. The condition of the boat is controversial: Lost yacht Nina an unsafe ‘lead mine’. The boat and all aboard her has been missing since June 4, when they radioed that they’d run into severe weather.

Evi NemethEvi’s UNIX System Administration Handbook was published in 1989. I found it an easy to understand useful reference. She later wrote a Linux administration handbook. I like the fact that she seems to have lived by her own rules, in a cabin heated by a wood-burning stove outside Boulder. It was destroyed this year in a forest fire, but she planned to rebuild. I hope that she’s found soon.

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© Russ Bellew · Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA · phone 954 873-4695


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