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From "Robert Burrell Donkin" <>
Subject Re: Stepping Down as PMC Chair
Date Tue, 08 Jul 2008 18:54:21 GMT
On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Stefano Mazzocchi <> wrote:
> People,
> the last 6 months of my life have been hectic to say the least: a new
> (purchased) house, two weddings in two different countries (that's what
> happens when gas prices are high and it's better to fly you around than a
> bunch of other people) and a new job.


> It is not without regret that I admit I haven't been paying much attention
> to my duties as vice president of the corporation in relation to this
> project. Sure, I've written the board reports where they were due and I've
> read and replied to all emails on this list that I felt I needed to reply,
> but the latest 'crypto'-related threads made me realize that not only this
> project is very low priority for me, but that it's neither responsible nor
> safe, for myself and for the entire foundation, that I take my role this
> lightly.
> My stepping down is not a political statement, or a statement on the health
> or the future of labs or the foundation; it's merely a (sad) admission that
> my time is limited (even more than before) and that my life is now different
> and that I see myself going for a walk with my dog and my wife, instead of
> spending time thinking about apache or how to improve it. I don't feel
> ashamed for it, actually I feel rather relieved: there has always been a
> sort of distorted tangy compulsive taste in my apache involvement and I'm
> glad that it's now gone, even if that decreases my ability to push things
> forward.
> Now, my last act as chair will be put down a candidate for my successor in
> front of the PMC to vote. This does not mean that others can't step up and
> nominate themselves or get nominated by others, but it's just a way to start
> rolling the dice.
> I would like to nominate Bernd Fondermann as PMC chair of Apache Labs. He's
> been one of the most active committers on the labs repository and certainly
> one of those who took most advantage of the spirit with which Labs was
> created. I'd be very happy if he decided to accept my nomination.



> After stepping down from the chair, I will remain as part of the PMC and
> will retain the PI status of the labs that I currently run (even without
> much activity).
> Thanks for your understanding.

thanks for all your hard work in all the projects over all the years

(hopefully this won't be the last time i say that to you ;-)

- robert

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