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till we meet again, goodbye [Jul. 20th, 2011|09:55 am]
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This blog is now retired. Please visit my new blog.



Several of my career changes at Red Hat have been announced on this blog.

My first post was written shortly after I became the Fedora Project Leader (FPL), and this blog was set up as a way to have frequent, informal communications with the Fedora community.

After two great years as the FPL, I stepped aside to institute Red Hat's Community Architecture & Leadership team.

Simultaneous to that team growing and finding its place, I had the fantastic opportunity to live in Europe and to give some extra support to that region of the Fedora community. I made some wonderful friends, and we learned a lot about how difficult it is to build and maintain autonomous regional leadership groups in a global community. We're still learning those lessons today, and I'm glad that we're still trying to do a good job at supporting Fedora worldwide.

Back in Raleigh the last few years, the team has expanded from its Fedora-only roots. We've worked to document the theory that is The Open Source Way while continuing to put that theory into practice in both the Fedora and Teaching Open Source communities.

Which brings us to today. I am leaving Red Hat at the end of July, just short of my seven year anniversary. As a result, my roles and responsibilities in the Fedora Project will be changing significantly at the same time. Red Hat's commitment to Fedora has in no way changed, nor has the Community Architecture team's commitment to Fedora.

In addition to Fedora's established leadership team, Harish Pillay is stepping into the management and leadership role that I've been filling. He has already shared his thoughts about this transition, and I have no doubt that the team will continue to grow and be successful under his leadership.

Harish will be looking after more than just Fedora, but Karsten and Mel, along with our interns (Ian, Sebastian, and Ryan) are all still part of the Community Architecture & Leadership team, and they are all great contacts whose Fedora roots run deep.

Red Hat has been wonderful to me, but it is time for a change in direction. I'm off to Seattle in August to join Amazon Web Services as a manager in their Kernel & Operating Systems group. My team's focus is on the overall customer experience of using Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). This includes accountability for the Amazon Linux AMI, working with external AMI vendors, and handling premium support for customers running AMIs.

In my spare time, I will still be around the Fedora Project (most likely the Cloud SIG), so this isn't a goodbye, but rather just a step along a more broad continuum of collaboration. You will all hear plenty more from me down the road.

When I stepped aside as the FPL, I said that it had been an honor to have been trusted with a leadership role in the Fedora community, and that I was deeply grateful to the community for accepting me and giving me an opportunity to lead and to earn respect. Those sentiments are just as strong today. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked at Red Hat, and I will always be grateful for the opportunities that Shadowman has given me. My thanks to Jim, Matthew, Michael, and countless others within both Red Hat and the Fedora community.
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2011-07-20 02:21 pm (UTC)

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:( We're goning to miss you soooo much :(
From: sandro-mathys.ch
2011-07-20 02:33 pm (UTC)

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Good luck with your new position and thanks for what you've done for the Fedora Project in the last couple of years!

-- red
[User Picture]From: tatadbb
2011-07-20 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Bon voyage my friend, has been an honor to work, learn and meet you. We don't meet people like you everyday :). Have a good journey, keep being yourself and always remember that you have a huge family at Fedora :)

- beside that, I'm spechless.
From: pingou.id.fedoraproject.org
2011-07-20 03:42 pm (UTC)

It is only Good Bye

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It has been a great pleasure to meet you work with you and have you along all these years.

You will be missed!

But I do hope to still see you around :-)
[User Picture]From: pfrields.id.fedoraproject.org
2011-07-20 04:21 pm (UTC)

Farewell and good luck

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Max, you and I've always been miles away from each other in reality but so close in how we see things. You're one of my best friends either inside or outside Red Hat, someone I'm always able to share and discuss things with. Usually we do that over a distance anyway, so I don't feel things will be all that different; I know we'll talk again soon. So I say "happy moving" and not "goodbye" here without a tear in my eye. :-)
From: (Anonymous)
2011-07-20 04:24 pm (UTC)

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Seattle you say?

You know they have a curling club.

From: kad.id.fedoraproject.org
2011-07-20 11:50 pm (UTC)

Sad to see you go but...

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... if you're off to amazon to make fedora kick-ass on ec2, I salute you :)
[User Picture]From: spevack
2011-07-20 11:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Sad to see you go but...

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It's one of many things that will be on my Amazon TODO list. :)
From: kad.id.fedoraproject.org
2011-07-21 08:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Sad to see you go but...

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Sweet! I'm not sad seeing you go now, I'm excited you're getting there!
[User Picture]From: katzj
2011-07-20 11:54 pm (UTC)

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Congrats my friend! Enjoy the rain ;-)
[User Picture]From: nicubunulj
2011-07-21 07:22 am (UTC)

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I wish you best of luck and most of fun in your new career opportunity. With that being said, I acknowledge you will be missed here, every time you moved, filling your shoes was a very hard (impossible?) task. And I don't play with the words when I say I was inspired by you about how a community should be lead.
From: Jonathan Roberts
2011-07-21 09:37 am (UTC)

Thanks for everything, Max

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Hey Max,

Long time since we've spoken, but just wanted to say thanks for all the help and encouragement you gave me when I used to contribute in Fedora land. It was always really appreciated! It even helped me land my first (and current) job!

Anyway, just to say thanks and to wish you all the best in your new role.

JonRob
From: sparks.id.fedoraproject.org
2011-07-23 07:17 pm (UTC)

Fair winds...

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I wish you luck in your coming adventure. I just hope Amazon is knows what they are getting into!

I'm sure we'll continue to run into each other at events and perhaps in the Cloud SIG once I get my feet firmly planted in the clouds.
[User Picture]From: Thomas Canniot
2011-07-23 08:22 pm (UTC)

Well done and good bye !

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Hi Max,

Just to thank you for all the work you've done around the world for the good of Fedora communities. I am very happy to know you, it will be a great pleasure to see each other in the future. You're very welcome in France, don't hesitate if you wan to visit the country :)

All my best,

Thomas