Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stepping down

Today I indicated to the Apache James project management committee (PMC) my intention to step down after managing the process of electing a successor.

I'm very proud to be associated with The ASF and the James project, and even more proud still to have served as the project's second chairperson, and wish my successor all the luck in the world.

I also took the opportunity to stand down from the Jakarta PMC, another project I am immeasurably proud to be associated with, which I haven't contributed a meaningful iota to for a couple of years other than to clog up their decision making process a tiny bit.

So it seems like an appropriate moment to pause and reflect nostalgic-ly on the times shared, the problems solved, the achievements and the failures, friends made and lost, arguments lost and won, flame-wars, troll-baiting and so on.

But I can't be bothered with all that! And to be honest I'm looking forward to a refreshing lack of commitment, no more nagging guilt at not making enough time, and above all the chance to pick and choose how and when I contribute in an arbitrary and selfish way once again.

I hope that this means that I can spend what little time I do have poking about in code, (I have long envied those who have time to experiment in the labs), arguing with my peers and not trying too hard to keep up with mailing lists.


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