This is the hardest blog post in years for me. I’ve seen some admirable folks leaving the Fedora Project during all this time I’ve been a contributor and I always imagined how they felt. It’s my turn, and I know how they felt now.
It was more than 6 years as a Fedora contributor and I’m pretty proud of all of those years, from the yearly days of the Brazilian Portuguese translation team to the two FAmSCo terms, and all other projects: the Spin SIG, internationalization and quality assurance. The Fedora Project is something very important in my life. It is the longest thing I ever did. Longer than high school, longer than college, longer than any job so far. I’m glad that I was able to meet and work with so many interesting and intelligent people from different parts of the word. It was a wonderful experience.
Most of my classmates at college made the choice of doing internships and others decided for scientific initiation scholarships. I decided to contribute to Fedora during college. I still remember how many times I though about stopping to contribute because of finals, papers and classes. Things were pretty hard during the first semesters. Right after those second thoughts something interesting to do appeared at the Fedora land: a new software to translate, a test case that could be improved or a talk at an important event. Frequently I was busy with college related stuff and its many deadlines and Rodrigo always came to me saying something like: “I was invited for writing an article about Fedora to an international magazine. Do you want to write it with me? The deadline is next week!”. Those things were hard to accomplish but they were also fun.
I’m leaving because there are many other things to be done in my life right now. I got my bachelor degree last year and next year I want to go back to study, besides I need to get some rest. Now it’s time to look forward and figure out what else is possible. Of course Fedora will keep powering my computers and open source software will continue to be my main choice. I also realize that there another interesting things going on like open government initiatives and the application of open source principles on other areas beyond software development. I’m definitively going to pay more attention to those subjects in the next years.
I want to say a special “Thank you” to the folks who supported my first contributions to the Fedora project: David Barzilay and Rodrigo Padula. If today Fedora has a growing community in Latin America is because of the groundwork of those two folks. They started out our regional community from scratch, so don’t forget about them. I also want to thank all the Fedora Projects Leaders I had the privilege to meet and work with: Greg DeKoenigsberg, Max Spevack, Paul Frields, Jared Smith and Robyn Bergeron. Thanks for all the support during those years. I’m not forgetting all the fedorian friends who joined the project over the years. I learned a lot from each of you. Feel free to keep in touch! Thanks, everyone!