My last day as a contributor to Ubuntu in the various areas that I contribute will be September 30th.
Wow, that was hard to say…
So yeah, I have made the difficult decision of leaving the Ubuntu Community and it was a decision I have been rehashing over and over again for months now.
I’m amazed that you have read this far and I would like to explain why I have decided to leave the Ubuntu Community that way I do not have to explain it over and over a million times and can just point people to this nicely written blog post.
For the past six months or so I have been burnt out. I know don’t know what exactly caused it but it was likely a number of things happening over the past year. Having burnout happen is not a great feeling: its like “The Force” not being strong within you any more.
Ubuntu has changed as a project quite dramatically from when I started as a contributor and it is clear that some of the new focus Canonical is moving forward with conflict with why I joined Ubuntu as a contributor in the first place. I joined to contribute to a community-driven operating system that valued community foremost and I think that is no longer the case.
I think the Ubuntu of present is Canonical-driven and not much of a meritocracy and is focused on catering to the expectations of users of non-free operating systems versus keeping their existing users satisfied.
Letting people down
The most difficult part about leaving has been my concern that I will be letting people down in the community by leaving tasks unfinished or even resulting in a certain team or two to go inactive which I really did not want to see.
I know those members on the teams that I work on will ultimately forgive me.
I have already been stepping up my contributions in other projects and I am very fascinated and excited about Firefox OS, Open Web and Open Source in Education and I have a big plan for 2013/2014 that will focus on all those things.
I will close with this quote….
If you’ve done what you want for Ubuntu, then move on. That’s normal – there’s no need to poison the well behind you just because you want to try something else. – Mark Shuttleworth