I recently discovered that Peter Hintjens lost his fight with cancer and passed away in October 2016. I'm a little surprised that there had been no mention of his passing in these forums since he was an out spoken critic of patents, proprietary software and 'the powers that be' in general. He was also an accomplished Software Engineer and lead developer of ZeroMQ.
At one point in the past I even found myself wondering if he dabbled on these forums in disguise. A certain European member (cough @zoltan cough) often posts content that Hintjens probably would have approved of...
If you have never heard of him or read any of his work, do yourself a favour and at least read "Culture and Empire: Digital Revolution". It's freely available as a PDF or to purchase from Amazon.
I actually knew him. Yeah, the fact that he's gone will have immediate effects that are not so great. But he's been gone from the scene for a while. Belgium still has the most open source of open source conferences though... FOSDEM... and there are plenty of people there Pieter would have been proud of.