[arch-dev-public] Moving on

Travis Willard travis at archlinux.org
Thu Jul 3 21:48:57 EDT 2008

On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 3:56 PM, Travis Willard <travis at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 12:38 PM, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Travis Willard <travis at archlinux.org> wrote:
>>> 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
>>> motivation.
>>> 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.
>> Sad times have fallen on Arch! Travis of the Northern Tundra has left
>> our noble ranks!
>> Seriously though, I do understand. We all do. It's the way of
>> volunteer work - it can only be important for so long. Eventually
>> something else will come up that is more important (a lot of times
>> it's those damn evil women-folk, too! heh). So don't take it too bad.
>> As I said to Eliott, there's always a spot for you guys here. You're
>> always welcome to come back, in any capacity, if things change in the
>> future.
>>> 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
>>> look.
>>> The last two years have been a blast.  Keep the distro going strong
>>> guys; it's the best out there.
>> I'll keep you unmoderated on the dev-public list, in case you ever
>> want to pop in and say hello (assuming you stay subscribed, I dunno).
>> Travis, let me know if you need anything off gerolde before I disable
>> the account (security reasons, we all know your password is
>> "rainbows-and-butterflies" anyway).
> I think there might be some stuff in public_html that I'll grab when I
> get home.  I'll let you know once I've gotten it.
> It's a shame - I often logged onto gerolde to check simple things like
> man pages and such for people on the forums while I was working.
> Maybe I'll set up noip and sshd at home to do the same.  Couldn't
> hurt, so long as I secure it proper.

I've got everything I want - feel free to disallow my access. :) And
stop giving my password away.  Now I have to change it to

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