On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 2:13 PM James Bottomley
<James.Bottomley at hansenpartnership.com> wrote:
However, I really think for an orderly succession plan, you need to be
part of it rather than having a palace coup which could end up being
really messy and divisive. I suspect people treated your proposal last
year as more of a joke last year because they didn’t think you were
serious. If you’re really serious about doing this, let’s try to come
up with the succession process in Edinburgh in October and see if we
can run a Maintainer Summit with the new Leadership in Vancouver in
So I do want to make it clear that it’s not like I am all that serious about it, because I’m perfectly happy to continue to do what I’ve been doing for the past almost three decades.
It’s not like I care about the bus scenario, pretty much by definition.
Honestly, I think the real issue is when others have serious and practical proposals.
In many ways I think that is the real issue: people who feel like there would be advantages to new models.
The advantages could range from just the “I’d really prefer to work with somebody else” to more of a “look, Linus isn’t getting any younger, so to make for a smooth transition we should start moving towards xyz, because then in years we’ll be ready”.
Regardless, I don’t think my opinions matter all that much on this, and I honestly think some people might be more willing to speak their mind without me in the room.
And guys, it’s not like my ego is all that fragile. I think people do know that. So the only thing I do want to be serious about is that if people actually come up with something that they honestly agree is better, you don’t need to worry about me throwing some hissy-fit, and
“take my ball and go home”.
That said, I think we all might have some very real doubts about how practical it’s going to be, and getting people to actually agree on anything.
What I do not want to see is some random flailing discussion while we’re all in the same room. Because I can think of more productive things to do in Edinburgh, and most of them involve drinking.
So I think people should have some real suggestions before-hand, not some “let’s leave it to an open discussion for the summit itself”.