To the openSUSE community,
There are so many wonderful, inspiring projects and communities in
the broader Free Software world -- that it makes little sense for me
to remain a member of one where the leadership personally attacks
those who suggest simple notions such as "let's be more transparent"
(an implied criticism that is as much about my own failings, as a
past Board Member, as anyone).
The responses received from some openSUSE Board members were profane,
rude, slanderous... and just plain not nice.
I have many friends in this community -- a community that has done
some truly exceptional work. Many of you have *much* to be proud of.
And I will do my best to not let the words and actions of some of
the Board impact my views of the good work that you have done and, I
hope, will do in the future. For the technology you have produced --
and the friendship you have shared -- I will always be in your debt.
That said, the Board has created a negative, cruel atmosphere that I
do not want any part of. Perhaps one day that will change but, for
now, it is time to separate myself entirely and to focus on the
communities with much less hate; To surround myself with love,
I do not expect any other people to take this action -- nor do I wish
this to cause any additional unhappiness or conflict among the
community. It is simply an action I must take, and I want my
thoughts (whether any agree with them or not) to be stated.
I request that I be removed from the openSUSE membership list. I
will unsubscribe myself from the various mailing lists this evening.
I wish you all (and I do mean *all*) the very best.
While I feel like we could have done a better job on the front of
last conversations on mailing lists, it was certainly nice and
valuable to have you as one of us.
I wish you good luck with other open source projects, and I hope to
see you around openSUSE in the future despite of the differences that
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