[arch-dev-public] Moving on

Travis Willard travis at archlinux.org
Fri Jul 4 13:40:12 EDT 2008

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).

Actually, about this - I'm currently subscribed to all the Arch MLs
using travis at archlinux.org - is that going to go away?  I'll have to
switch addresses if so

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