[Xenomai] New year, new roles

Steven Seeger steven.seeger at nasa.gov
Mon Dec 18 18:07:36 CET 2017

On Monday, December 18, 2017 8:48:08 AM EST Jan Kiszka wrote:
> On 2017-12-17 20:16, Philippe Gerum wrote:
> > Sixteen years after Gilles and I founded the Xenomai project, time has
> > come for me to hand over the leadership to a contributor recognized for
> > his skills, bringing fresh ideas, and a creative roadmap.
> > 
> > Jan Kiszka has agreed to take over the Xenomai leadership gradually from
> > me. He will be ramping up his involvement in project steering and
> > development head gatekeeping during a transition period starting today.
> > This period will end by September 2018 at the latest.
> > 
> > I will keep on maintaining the I-pipe for the ARM architecture, helping
> > in reviewing changes to the Xenomai code base too. Generally speaking,
> > I'll do my best to transfer knowledge about the Xenomai implementation
> > to people or organizations willing to contribute to the project.
> > 
> > Steven Seeger has volunteered to maintain the I-pipe support for the
> > ppc32 architecture, and I'll be working with him to ensure a smooth
> > transition here too.
> > 
> > Jan's team at Siemens is ramping up their current involvement in the
> > I-pipe x86 port.
> > 
> > PS: The project is still looking for someone who would be willing to
> > maintain the I-pipe arm64 port in the long run.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> First of all, a big thank you, Philippe, for investing so much of your
> time and energy into the project over the past 16 years! Not many folks
> probably realized how much that was (and still is) and how much they
> profit(ed) from this.
> When you asked me to take over, I felt honored but also highly
> challenged to lead the project in this tricky phase. I'll try my best.
> My goal is clearly not to replace you (which would be impossible
> anyway), but to make us, the community, a bigger and more active family.
> We need more contributions and more commitment to keep the project
> rolling. So I'll specifically focus on reshaping our scope, clarifying
> what we want and can deliver in high quality also in the future - and
> who can support the associated efforts.
> As you said, we want to make the transition as smooth as possible. So I
> also do not want to jump in directly but rather start with small steps.
> I wasn't that active in the community anymore as some years ago, and I'm
> lacking recent overview over corners that we are not in touch with in
> our internal projects, like archs != x86 or Mercury. That needs to change.
> As one of the first community-building steps, we are considering to have
> a meet-up around FOSDEM. Henning will follow-up on this soon. I'm also
> planning for some talk or BoF at ELC in Portland next year (provided I
> get a slot), to spread plans and ideas and to have further face-to-face
> discussions.
> Jan

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