Friday will be my last day at IBM. It’s been an incredible run here, but, as they say, all good things…. I’ve had a pretty amazing run at IBM. From the Sydney Olympics to OpenStack, with tons of really cool projects in between. I got to call the Linux Technology Center my home over the last 13 years, an organization that lead the charge in getting IBM involved in Open Source projects far and wide. A place where I had to chance to work with many of my Open Source heroes. And an organization that dramatically changed the culture of development at IBM, very much for the better.
And starting Monday, I’m going to do much of that again, in my new role at Samsung Research America’s Open Source Group. Over the past year Samsung has been building up the OSG very much along the lines of IBM’s Linux Technology Center or Intel’s Open Source Technology Center: a center of competency for Open Source skills within the company, and a pool of extremely talented upstream developers across a range of projects. I’m extremely excited to be a part of that.
I’ve been telling a few folks over the last couple of weeks, and because they are FAQs, here are the first few questions everyone jumps to:
Are you still going to work on OpenStack? Yes. My role in the OpenStack community, and the amount of time I’m spending upstream won’t change in any real way. Honestly, I’ll probably have more time upstream. So I’ll be in Atlanta and Paris, have plenty of time for my TC and QA PTL duties, and be slinging code, ideas, and debugging the gate just like I am today.
Are you moving? No. We really like where we live, the Hudson Valley is definitely home, and moving is something that was never on the table. So I’ll become a full time work from home person. I’ve got a great home office, will be running the woodstove during the cold months, and go for long mid day bike rides over the Walkway during the warm ones.
There are tons of unknowns are part of this new adventure, but all my interactions with the new team so far have made me extremely confident and excited that it will be a great fit. I’ll be out in San Jose all next week doing initial orientation and team sync, so if you happen to be in the area, let me know.