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Linux Top 3: Fedora, Ubuntu and Gluster Lose Community Leaders

  • May 26, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

In recent memory, there has never been a week like the last one for community leadership on the Linux Planet. Leaders of the Fedora Linux project, Ubuntu Linux and Gluster all announced that they were leaving the communities they lead.

1)Robyn Bergeron Leaves Fedora

Robyn Bergeron became the Fedora Project Leader in February of 2012 and announced last week that she is now transitioning away from the role.

"With Fedora 20 well behind us, and Fedora.next on the road ahead, it seems like a natural time to step aside and let new leadership take the reins," Bergeron wrote. " Frankly, I shouldn’t even say “the road ahead” since we’re well-entrenched in the process of establishing the Fedora.next features and processes, and it’s a rather busy time for us all in Fedora-land — but this is precisely why make the transition into new leadership as smooth as possible for the Fedora Project community is so important. "

2) Jono Bacon Leaves Ubuntu

While Mark Shuttleworth is the dictator for life that runs Ubuntu, other jobs within Ubuntu are apparently not life-long endeavours. For the past eight years, Jono Bacon has been the community leader for Ubuntu, and it's a job that he's now leaving.

"Working with the Ubuntu community has not just been a privilege, it has been a pleasure," Bacon wrote. "One of the many reasons why I love what I do is that I am exposed to so many incredible people, minds, and ideas, and the Ubuntu community is a text-book definition of what makes community so powerful and such an agent for making the world a better place. I will be forever thankful for not just the opportunity to meet so many different members of the global Ubuntu family, but to also continue these many friendships into my next endeavour.

3) John Mark Walker Leaves Gluster

John Mark Walker has been helping to leader the Gluster open-source storage community since May of 2011 and he's not set to move on too.

"Now it’s time to turn the Gluster community over to someone who can build on what we’ve done and take it even further," Walker wrote. " I’m staying at Red Hat but moving on to other projects and communities. The ideal candidate should know their way around open source projects and communities, should have an unyielding desire to push things beyond the status quo, should know a thing or two about business strategy, and should understand how to identify which organizations should invest in a community and sell them on the vision."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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