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Józef Kucia, Wine developer and founder of Vkd3d has passed away

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This morning we have some sad news to share that CodeWeavers announced last night, as Wine developer Józef Kucia has sadly passed away.

Kucia was the founder of Vkd3d, a Direct3D 12 to Vulkan layer used with Wine as well as being a direct contributor to Wine, Mesa and Debian.

This August, Józef took an extended vacation to the Tatra mountains to explore the longest and deepest cave in Poland, Wielka Sniezna ("Great Snowy Cave"). While exploring, he and another member of his group of six became separated by an unexpected flow of water.  Despite an extensive rescue operation, Józef and his companion died.

Words cannot express the sorrow and heartbreak we feel.  All of us at CodeWeavers extend our heartfelt condolences to Józef's family, friends, loved ones, and everyone else who grieves his passing.

We take some solace from knowing that Józef died doing something he loved, with full understanding of the risks involved.  We admire the courage and ambition he displayed in pursuing his passion.  While his life ended far too soon, it was a life well and fully lived.

You can read the full post on CodeWeavers. Rest in peace, Józef Kucia.

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KuJo 11 September 2019 at 1:34 pm UTC
This throws a completely different light on the job advertisement of Codeweavers at the beginning of September ...

To see the magnitude of the loss to the open source community, you just have to see how many contributions he recently made to the Wine development:

Last edited by KuJo on 11 September 2019 at 1:56 pm UTC
cprn 12 September 2019 at 9:32 am UTC
Yeah, heart about it on the news... and it's soon after some people died in Tatras struck with thunderstorm. Tragic, weather kills again and so close to home on many levels.

KuJoWhew ... We don't have the words. Much too early. 28 years are no age at which one should go. [...]

Well, you can like how the news was spread - tastefully and with sorrow, no words twisting, just a proper quote. Thanks for that, Liam.

Last edited by cprn on 12 September 2019 at 9:35 am UTC
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