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RIP Anthony Rumble - James Morris
May 15th, 2009
02:49 pm


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RIP Anthony Rumble
I was shocked today to read of the passing of Anthony Rumble, a true pioneer of Linux, the Internet, and electronic commerce in Australia.

I first met him at an APANA BBQ in 1994, where he handed me my first Linux distribution: Slackware 1.1.2, with the trusty 0.99pl15 kernel.

I subsequently worked with Anthony on the NetXpress project, which he designed, and which was one of the first significant deployments of Linux in a mission critical role in Australia. His work went a long way to proving the capability and viability of Linux for larger businesses—something which is taken for granted today, but certainly was not at the time. And without his efforts to provide public access Internet in Australia in the early 1990s, I likely would have not even used the Internet until several years later when commercial ISPs started offering retail access. I suspect there are many today in the Linux and Internet communities who were similarly influenced and assisted by Anthony.

While I had not seen Anthony for some time, we were good friends and this is very sad news.

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Date:May 15th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Anthony will be certainly missed. My thoughts and prays go out to his family.
Date:May 17th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)


I'm not sure NetXpress was running Linux on the production servers. Development certainly was Linux, and I think some of the batch components were. But at the time the project manager succumbed to the "nobody got sacked for choosing Sun" argument.

Perhaps later iterations ran Linux though.
Date:May 18th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)

Re: NetXpress

It was definitely running Linux in production when I was there (c. 1999+), and won some kind of international award for doing so from a consulting group, who'd scoured the world to find such a system, and a company who'd admit they were running Linux.
Date:May 19th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)

Re: NetXpress

This is the one:


I still have the 'security blanket' at home from it.

Anthony will be missed. Still don't want to believe it.

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