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Sad news about Scott Rifenbark


Richard Purdie
 

I'm sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Scott Rifenbark, our
tech writer for the project passed away on Wednesday after a battle
with cancer.

I remember interviewing Scott over 10 years ago when forming a team at
Intel to work on what became the Yocto Project, he was with it from the
start. He warned me he wasn't an entirely traditional tech writer but I
warned we weren't aiming to be a traditional project either. It was a
great match. He stayed with the project ever since in one way or
another, he enjoyed working on the project and we enjoyed working with
him.

The concept of having a tech writer as part of the team was a decision
I'm proud of and it shows in the material supporting the project today
but that success belongs to Scott and his approach to it. Someone else
put that best, "He would first try the procedure or instructions before
documenting it, I was really impressed". He was hands on and wanted
things to be understandable and correct, a huge challenge with some of
the complexities we deal with.

Outside of the project he had interesting hobbies and travelled quite a
bit, those stories were good over beer and I have many fond memories.

Our documentation stands in his memory and its fitting some of his
character will always be in those words.

Scott will be hugely missed by us all.


Nicholas Krause
 



On 1/31/20 4:04 PM, Richard Purdie wrote:
I'm sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Scott Rifenbark, our
tech writer for the project passed away on Wednesday after a battle
with cancer.

I remember interviewing Scott over 10 years ago when forming a team at
Intel to work on what became the Yocto Project, he was with it from the
start. He warned me he wasn't an entirely traditional tech writer but I
warned we weren't aiming to be a traditional project either. It was a
great match. He stayed with the project ever since in one way or
another, he enjoyed working on the project and we enjoyed working with
him.

The concept of having a tech writer as part of the team was a decision
I'm proud of and it shows in the material supporting the project today
but that success belongs to Scott and his approach to it. Someone else
put that best, "He would first try the procedure or instructions before
documenting it, I was really impressed". He was hands on and wanted
things to be understandable and correct, a huge challenge with some of
the complexities we deal with.

Outside of the project he had interesting hobbies and travelled quite a
bit, those stories were good over beer and I have many fond memories.

Our documentation stands in his memory and its fitting some of his
character will always be in those words.

Scott will be hugely missed by us all.


Richard,
As someone who's been on and off with the project I've always found the documentation was
some of the best documentation I've ever seen rivaling that of the compiler manuals and 
wikis for LLVM and GCC in terms of being complete technical documents or the ISA manuals. 

Sorry to hear one if not the major tech writer behind it has passed and I've been spoiled
by the great documentation or the parts he wrote,
Nick

      

    


Robert P. J. Day
 

On Fri, 31 Jan 2020, Richard Purdie wrote:

I'm sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Scott Rifenbark, our
tech writer for the project passed away on Wednesday after a battle
with cancer.
... snip ...

Well, this is horrible news ... I got to know Scott from earlier days
of poring over the docs and submitting patches. I'm not sure how
documentation maintenance is now going to work but, for what it's
worth, I'm willing to step up and get involved again. Let me know what
I can do to help.

Rob Day