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I first started doing infrastructure work as a volunteer. Fedora was such a different place then. We had like 7 or 8 servers. 3 of them were sitting under peoples desks. In just a few years we've grown into a complex, dynamic but global machine. We've got an amazing feature rich set of systems and it is all done with free software. Everything from our CDN to build system is free.

Being the Fedora Infrastructure Lead is such an interesting position. I've been at it for several years now and I think it's time I step aside and let someone else drive. I'm not going to up and vanish by any means but I'm sure the search will begin soon. It's a great job and I'm going to miss it greatly but it's time. The team itself is amazing and if for no other reason then to continue working with them I'll continue to volunteer. We've been through a lot and I know I can look back on this period fondly knowing that we've accomplished so much with so little.

For the curious, what am I doing next questions... I'm still a happy Red Hat employee and am just moving to a different job in engineering.

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spevack
Sep. 30th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
a pat on the back
Mike, the entire Fedora Infrastructure team has done nothing short of an amazing job over the past 4-5 years. The hardware managed, the applications deployed and managed, the volunteer coordination, and the commitment to open source only in Fedora's infrastructure are all things for which the infrastructure team should be incredibly proud.

Long live Fedora Infrastructure!
spot
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Mike, thanks for all the work you've put into this effort! You've set the bar very high for all of our Infrastructure efforts and built a robust community around Fedora and Free Software.
ricky.id.fedoraproject.org
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
The Fedora Infrastructure team pretty much sets the standard for how open and welcoming an open source project's infrastructure team can be - with amazing results.

Thanks for all you've done to make this happen, and thanks for getting me involved with Fedora :-)

I'm really happy that you'll still be working on the team - see you in #fedora-admin!
herlo.id.fedoraproject.org
Sep. 30th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
A Job Well Done!
Congrats on all the work you've done for us at the Fedora Project. I've known you for a few years now and you have helped put together quite an amazing infrastructure.

I hope your new position is as rewarding and challenging. I look forward to see who the new infrastructure lead will be for the Fedora Project.

Good luck and I'll see you around.

Your friend,

Clint
ext_271765
Sep. 30th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's been awesome to have you here.
I am glad to hear you are staying just shifting things around. Thanks again for the socks... ;)
mmahut.id.fedoraproject.org
Sep. 30th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Mike, thank you for your amazing contribute to the Fedora project. I consider you to be one of the best system administrators I had the pleasure to work with. :)
bpepple.id.fedoraproject.org
Sep. 30th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the hard work you've done over the last few years, and good luck with your new position within Red Hat!
http://josemanimala.eu.org/blog/
Sep. 30th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck
Dear Mike,
It was very good to be working with you and Fedora Infrastructure has come a long way.

Good luck with the new job.

Cheers
Jose
laxathom.id.fedoraproject.org
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Thanks Mike for all the great job you did.
Hope I will still work with you in anyway ;)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
Mike, the way you built and led the Infrastructure team was my biggest inspiration when I took on Marketing. Thanks for being an amazing role model - and for leaving your wisdom o' scaleability in the form of SOPs and guides so we can keep learning from them. --Mel
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I couldn't even start expressing how many things I've learned from Fedora Infrastructure and the way it works, or how important the group's openness is to so many contributors.

I'm positive you're going to shine at your next position as well. You set the tone Mike.
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