as some of you already know, this is my last month at Mandriva/Conectiva.
So I am writing this blog post to summarize a bit of what the Mandriva experience was for me.
When I came to work officially at Mandriva back in 2008 (I was already in close contact with many Conectiva and Mandriva developers for some years then), I was expecting a lot from this challenge. The possibility to work in an open-source-based company, developing open-source solutions and products for everyone – it was practically my geek dream coming true. And I have to say now, after 2.5 years since that moment, that it was certainly an amazing experience.
While at Mandriva, I managed to work on many challenging yet amazingly interesting projects; I had the privilege to work with extremely talented people from all the corners of the world – Canada, Brazil, France, Sweden, Russia – just to name a few! And it certainly was an unforgettable experience for me.
During all those years, I managed to work a bit on probably each and every Mandriva product – as a developer/maintainer for Mandriva Distribution (2009.0, 2009.1, 2010.0, 2010.1, 2010.2, 2011); as member of Mandriva Security team first with Vincent Danen, and then with Oden Eriksson, providing several thousands packages via official updates for the whole range of Mandriva products (MNF2, CS3, CS4, Mandriva 2007.0 to 2010.2); working on dozens of research and development projects (msec, tomoyo-gui, mandriva cloud, mandriva edu, and many others, some of which did not came out of the door yet, so I won’t comment on them ), developing several custom solutions for Brazilian customers, and of course countless packages..
For the past year, I also had the honor to be the technical leader and manager of Conectiva team in Brazil. And of course, as you all know, for past 9 months I was the responsible for Mandriva Desktop distributions development, leading the Mandriva 2010.2 and Mandriva 2011 products (which should be out in less than 2 months from now!).
During those years, I had the privilege to get to know and work alongside such legendary figures in the open-source world as ennael, cavassin, blino, tv, fcrozat, pterjan, rtp, teuf, neoclust, ahmad samir, götz, misc, pixel, pcpa, claudio, miura, herton, santiago, jbj, boiko, tmb, rda, colin, guillomovitch, lcapitulino, vdanen, heliocastro, bogdano, oden, aginies, anssi, adamw, … just to name a few, and of course many many others! It was a real honor, and I learned a lot with you all!
And of course, I had the chance to meet (and be the one responsible for bringing some of them ) the newly-rising stars in both Mandriva and open-source world, such as gmoro, wiliam, paulob, alexandrefm, edgard, franck, jvdm, leonardoc, denis koryavov, alex burmashev, eugene sokolov, ural mullabaev, kirill monakhov – and many other talented developers from Mandriva, Conectiva and ROSA! If you are using Mandriva, or will be using its 2011 version – you’ll certainly encounter the fruits of their work!
So, definitely, it was an amazing and priceless experience!
However, times change, people change, and I realized that time has come for me to sail to new horizons and look for new challenges. Many things changed in Mandriva during those 2.5 years, and it is a completely different company from what it once was. Many people had left, and many new faces has arrived as well during this time. But nonetheless, albeit all the challenges, problems, disappointments and achievements, we managed to stay alive and kicking even in cases where nobody was believing that Mandriva would survive. But it did.
So I’d like to thank you all for the time we spent together trying to make a Linux distribution which would change the world – I believe that we did a not that bad job over those past years!
Mandriva 2011 is almost at the release bay with all of its enhancements and unique features; Mageia 1 is there and Mageia 2 is starting its sail towards its exciting new release. Future looks bright for everyone – and I am really happy about it.
So, I’ll be around in Mandriva (the company) until the end of this month, and I’ll certainly be around in Mandriva and Mageia communities afterwards! And, of course, in the open-source world as a whole .