I'd like to let you all know that I am leaving SUSE end of April. One of my
responsibilities was to provide support to the Heroes team especially for
critical services, and also provide the communication regarding infra related
topics between the Heroes and the SUSE Engineering Infrastructure (formerly
SUSE-IT) team. There will be a replacement for those responsibilities who will
be announced to you in the near future.
Furthermore, I have decided to stop my volunteer contributions to the Heroes
team and to the openSUSE project in general, as my girlfriend gave me a macbook
for christmas and I don't use linux any more at home. Feel free to send her
hate mail :) I will send another reminder before I leave with my contacts, so
that you can still ask me any questions in case my piece of code is a total
mess and I need to explain it (quite impossible of course, as I write spotless
That said, I'd like to thank you all for being such an awesome, helpful,
passionate, knowledgable, motivated, productive community! It was more than a
pleasure working with all of you. I gained a lot of knowledge, met some great
people, made friends, had a lot of fun!
I started contributing as a volunteer to the openSUSE infrastructure
administration around 2012, a bit after oSC12, with the precious mentoring of
darix, Lars, Martin and Rudi, and it became part of my work responsibilities on
early 2015. We made quite some effort to open as much as possible of the
infrastructure, which led to the Heroes team creation a year later, with a
significant amount of community volunteers taking over quite important
responsibilities. Automation was always my priority, as the Infrastructure as
Code and the containerization efforts allowed more openness, collaboration,
testing and faster deployments. It was very rewarding seeing all of that effort
being appreciated by the community, and more volunteers joining slowly and
taking over small or big responsibilities.
Contributing to the infrastructure part of a FOSS project is a unique
opportunity for knowledge and making connections and friends. openSUSE is the
third big FOSS project I have contributed in the past 12 years, and I would
really encourage people interested in DevOps and Automation technologies to
take the Leap (pun intended) and join the Heroes. At least I can say with
certainty that it has been a life-changing experience to me.