I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
Nigel McFarlane, RIP
I was shocked to read this article. Nigel McFarlane was an active and vibrant member of the Australian open source community. Our first real encounter with Nigel was when he called wanting to interview Jacinta for a newspaper feature-article on Melbourne's successful open source businesses. The interview resulted in a discussion of Perl Training Australia in one of Australia's most widely-read newspapers. After that it seemed that I was bumping into Nigel everywhere industry functions, user groups, conferences, and an almost endless number of mailing lists.
Nigel was an author of numerous books, a strong supporter and active member of the Mozilla/Firefox project, a regular speaker at conferences, and even drew crowds for 2600 meetings.
Nigel's insight, talent, and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.