16 Sep 2005 DV   » (Master)

Time for a change

I realize that I take less and less satisfaction in my involvement with GNOME. I'm relatively sad to see that people actively switch from libxml2 to GMarkup for the sake of it, that all I have to offer to this community at this point are boring minutes from a Board where I nearly feel a foreigner. Gamin is a workaround against legacy APIs at the user and kernel level that people dislike anyway, so even here it is hard to get anything but negative feedback. Even in the libxml2 work I get annoyed by the dumb question answered over and over, reacting negatively, this is sad, I really take less and less joy in being around, maybe I'm just kind of depressed, but I think it is time I refocuse on something else I will have more fun with. Sure I'm gonna continue libxml2 and libxslt maintainance, but I need to try to work on code where I have more fun, where people are actually happy with getting and using the code, it is time for a change. So I don't expect to be involved very much with GNOME in the future except the local GNOME-FR group being formed, I think I am done with work at the board level, I won't candidate again this year, I came back because I was really annoyed by the state of the board the year before, my candidacy statement was mostly to get back to regular meetings and public minutes for them, I think it's is back on track but it's not a fun work honnestly. If nobody wants to do it in the future then put that as a task for the Director, that would force some public communication every 2 weeks on the state of the affairs at the foundation level.

Update: note that I don't think the GNOME project is not interesting, but that what I can contribute to it is not really, libxml2/gamin/taking minutes is in no way representative of where fun be had in the project, and that is what burns me out, for anybody really interested in UI this is certainly a nice project to work in !

So what am I gonna do ? the Xen virtualization work looks very promising, that's what I expect to focuse on, it allows me to get back to my roots in Operating System, it is a growing community and technology and has the potential to affect a lot of the way we do computing and interract with computers in general. And there is an awful lot of work to do there, we are only in the beginning steps of the integration in Fedora, Linux and even more important it is a completely new concept from an user standpoint. Finding out the right concepts for them to grasp and use the technology, building code implementing those sounds exciting, I need excitement !

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