[arch-dev-public] Moving on

Travis Willard travis at archlinux.org
Wed Jul 2 14:06:33 EDT 2008

Hey guys.

I've been giving it some thought lately, and I think I need to sit
back and assess my priorities in life.

My day-job has been taking up a lot of my time lately, and events in
my personal life have also increased of late.  That leaves little
"free time" and I'm finding more and more lately that whenever I get
this time free I don't feel like sitting down and spending more time
working on Arch after working 9 to 5 in front of a PC.  As a result,
I'm getting very little done for Arch on a day-to-day basis, and that
doesn't feel good.  The time I do spend on Arch feels more like work,
like an obligation than it ever used to feel.  Of the packages I
maintain, I actually care about maybe 3.  I'm having trouble finding

In any case, it really leaves me with two options:
1) drop some personal-life stuff to prioritize Arch and attempt to
rekindle the spark I had when I first started, or
2) gracefully bow out of Arch "development"

I have chosen the latter.

Believe it or not, it has been a difficult decision.  I love Arch, and
the people behind it.  The distro rocks, and all you guys rock as
well.  I think I'll miss you all.  I really want to see Arch succeed,
and the combination of these things has kept me doing stuff for quite
a while after it stopped being enjoyable, however now with the large
influx of new packagers we're taking on, I think it's the right time
for me to step back and let the new guys, each with their own fresh
spark for Arch, to take the reins, so to speak.

I toyed with the idea of taking a long sabbatical, orphaning my pkgs
and coming back in 6 months or a year or something, but I figured it'd
be silly to keep me around in the web interface and on the dev page
and all that jazz when I'm not even sure whether I plan to return.  If
I ever feel the desire to take this on again, I'll reapply like a
normal person. ;)

I'll still be around - love the community, spend more time on the
forums while at work than I should, enjoy helping others out, etc...
If anybody needs any quick help with anything, I'd be glad to take a

The last two years have been a blast.  Keep the distro going strong
guys; it's the best out there.


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