José was 46 years old, father to 3 children. He, and his 16 year old son, who was accompanying him on a bicycle ride, died September the 11th after being struck by a car.
José was a major contributor to the world of Free Software, in particular Mageia, his favorite distribution, which he had adopted after Mandrake/Mandriva and in which he had been actively participating for some 20 years. Among his many contributions were the inclusion of hundreds of packages such as Audacity, Chromium, fuse2, gcompris, other very important packages such as various WiFi drivers, as well as many games (bzflag, alienarena, crack-attack, flightgear). He was a tester
for Mageia Cauldron and a mentor for new packagers.
He was also a well known member of the Francophone LinuxFr.org website where his kind helpfulness was characteristic of him.
José Jorge was the founder of the LUG of Gers (France) named “Les GNUsquetaires”.
Condolences from all of the members of Mageia Linux go to his loved ones under the painful circumstances.