Goodbye Fedora community

My first event, LinuxTAG + FUDCON in Berlin, 2008

After new year’s eve I had in mind to try to start write more on the blog, but is quite hard. I wanted also to write this post post because is time to make my decision official.

I’m officially leaving the Fedora community, namely the ambassadors community which was the one I was more involved. I want to say also thanks to everybody I’ve met (virtually and not), because it was really nice to know you and to have this experience.

I really liked the Fedora community and the ambassador spirit. Unfortunately nothing is forever, and since some months ago I had the necessity to change, because different factors, some on my side, (basically my priorities are changed) and some related to fedora itself: I cannot not to mention the bad change of Red Hat policy and governance, despite people struggling about the independency of Fedora, is influencing the whole Fedora system (in good and bad).

In these two years, I learned a lot, I got a lot and I had the opportunity to give lot. Of course I had good and bad moments, successful and failure projects. The growing of the Italian community was one of the most evident failure that I remember, but I have to admit it was even better than a success, because I learned more from this failure than anything else (anyway other people, after me, are doing the same mistakes).

In conclusion I want to say again Thank You to everybody I’ve met. As I said also before, nothing is forever, don’t exclude the fact that soon we can meet again. :)

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8 thoughts on “Goodbye Fedora community

  1. Hi Luca,

    it is sad to see you go. We had a great time together, especially in Berlin as one can see on the photo, but as you say times have changed. Too much governance and red tape in Fedora, less and less trust in the contributors and their power to innovate.

    I will continue to fight for Fedora, I’m not yet giving up. Let’s see if it works out.

    Wherever you go now, I wish you luck. Remember the good ol’ days!

  2. @all, also to Nicu: IMHO it is important that we meet on FOSDEM. There is a lot of the ‘old’ crowd there and also ‘important’ people like Max. If we just silently leave one by one. not much will happen. We need to use the momentum we have now.

  3. Luca,
    for everybody is some day the “time to change”; I’m also sad to see, that so much are leaving before myself.
    It was a pleasure for me to met you in person several times at events and hopefully we will meet one day again in person and laugh and choke about our good time in that Fedora Ambassadors group.
    I will miss you, my friend.
    All the best for you and your moving forward in whatever you’ll do
    Gerold

  4. Luca, thank you for serving our community 1000% :)

    I met you at FOSDEM 2009 actually, and we had some beers together with Pierros and other friends!

    As you said, nothing is for ever and things change. I hope things that are not beneficial to our community will change too.

  5. Dear friend,
    as most fedorians might know my position on the Fedora Project and the business strategy of RedHat, which was mostly led by pure anger in 4Q2010;

    Fedora Project is in law property of RedHat and so is your works outcome in it.
    I have to thank you for leaving RedHat blue sect cult.

    In my (humble) opinion, the most wise choice to make.

    freedom regards, now from the Debian side,
    your sincere friend,
    Sascha

  6. Freedom is something worth fighting for, and by fighting we change things. I am not backing off, although we had some bad moments in EMEA (and we will continue to probably)

    Luca I respect your choice and I am really sad to watch you leave. After all we had some nice time together :)

    I guess it not our time yet (for the rest of us :) )

    @all FOSDEM will be an important meetup and we will have some nice discussions and decisions. We need to just keep it calm :)

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