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[eclipse-dev] Goodbye, and all the best
- From: "Markus Keller" <markus_keller@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:05:00 +0200
- Delivered-to: email@example.com
Dear Eclipse developers and users
With heavy heart, I herewith announce that I will be giving up my current
active roles in the Eclipse project, and that I've resigned from my job at
IBM. My last day at work is tomorrow 2017-07-18.
Eclipse was my first "baby", and it has been an honor for me to work on
this great initiative for 15 years. It will always have a special place in
As a software engineer working on an influential open source project, my
goal was always to improve existing stuff and create new tools to make the
life of others (and myself) easier. In the past few years, with IBM's
resource cuts and withdrawal from critical components such as Platform UI,
and no other company stepping in with qualified developers, I had to spend
more and more time fixing things that had no reason for getting broken.
The increasing shortage of competent committers attracted new
contributors, and too many of those got elected into a committer (and even
PMC) role despite their lack of professionalism. The abundant lack of
quality now poses an increasing threat to the whole project.
My frustration with this situation has increased to a level I could not
bear any longer. Reducing my workload to 80% didn't help much, and since I
don't want to run into a burn-out, I've decided to end my misery and say
goodbye. I'll now take a longer break and then look for a new position
that better suits my personality and skills.
BTW: My recent silence was not due to the project situation, but due to a
severe mountain bike accident. I broke quite a few bones and will still
take a while to fully recover, but it looks like I'll get away without any
I'll keep my earned commit rights for now, but don't expect much activity
from my side in the next few months. Noopur Gupta will fully take over the
lead for JDT UI. Component leads, please reserve some more time for
quality control in your component. You can't count on my repo-watching
services any more.
I wish you all the best, and I hope my negative view won't detract those
remaining committers / contributors who know the difference between
hacking a private script, and shipping and maintaining a successful
product and platform.
Many thanks to all the great minds I had the pleasure to meet and work
My new identity at eclipse.org will be markus.kell.r@xxxxxxxxx
(The opinions expressed in this mail are my own and not necessarily my