Posted Aug 31, 2012 3:17 UTC (Fri) by filteredperception (guest, #5692)
Parent article: Mourning Doug Niehaus
Doug Niehaus was my first boss in an engineering capacity, as I worked a few months for him at TISL/ITTC at KU way back in 1996. I'll venture to say that back then he had a mildly abrasive personality, though for the realm of us linux geeks, it was definitely par for the course, and mostly bothered me as a reflection of my own equivalently annoying personality traits. But he was without a doubt a solidly smart and able engineer/(ing prof) and overall decent guy (AFAIK). He made my SWE and OS classes (EECS448 and 680?) 'fun' and humorous, but never dumbed down, in a way that I suspect very few professors across the world can and do. R.I.P., and sorry you didn't live to see me hand you a linux livecd that included all the source and a single command to run from within itself to rebuild/recompile itself entirely from source.