On December 25, 2007 I wrote about Matthew Szulik’s December 20th announcement of his impending resignation as Red Hat’s CEO. I must have missed the December 12 announcement from Fedora Project Leader Max Spevack about succession planning for the Fedora Project on Fedora Weekly News Issue 113.
The short mention in Issue 113 links to Max’s blog where he announces his intention to step down as Fedora Project Leader.
After two years and four releases of Fedora, I would like to be able to do some other things related to Fedora and/or Red Hat while allowing someone else to assume the “Fedora Project Leader” responsibilities.
So the month of December has seen two key figures under the Red Hat/Fedora umbrella announce their departure from their respective positions. Max points out that this is not a spur-of-the-moment decision as illustrated by this quote from his announcement,
None of this is being done ad-hoc or randomly. The Fedora Board is part of the process, as is Red Hat’s CTO and other managers within the engineering organization and human resources.
I would have to add that in any business things like this are rarely spur-of-the-moment decisions. So what are Linux/Fedora/Red Hat fans and critics supposed to gather from this announcement and the Matthew Szulik Announcement? Is this really simple attrition, or is there something more to these December announcements?
What are your thoughts?