At the beginning of September I left Fermilab, and Scientific Linux, to work for Red Hat. Although I knew it would create a bit of a stir, I didn’t expect it to hit the news as big as it did. As I read through all the comments and articles, there was alot of totally false ideas. I could either comment on all of them, or comment on none of them. I chose to comment on none of them.
But there are a few things I just have to comment on.
Did Red Hat recruit me to stop Scientific Linux? No. I had been feeling restless since the beginning of 2010, and actively looking for a different job for over a year. I had job applications with Red Hat through most of that. Through all of my interview, hiring, and orientation meetings, nobody told or asked me I had to leave the Scientific Linux community. That has been a personal choice. I needed a clean break.
There is another SL developer that knows everything I know. True – Connie Sieh. I was A lead developer of Scientific Linux, I was not THE lead developer of Scientific Linux. Connie Sieh and I worked on Scientific Linux from the beginning. Both of us could do any part of Scientific Linux development at any time. I usually did the much more visible parts, and did alot more of the community relations. Connie usually did more of the behind the scenes work. But Connie knew everything I knew. She could do anything I could do. People shouldn’t underestimate her.