Striving for greatness

The life and times of a Gentoo developer and leader

Time to retire

sign-big-150dpi-magnified-name-200x200I’m sad to say it’s the end of the road for me with Gentoo, after 13 years volunteering my time (my “anniversary” is tomorrow). My time and motivation to commit to Gentoo have steadily declined over the past couple of years and eventually stopped entirely. It was an enormous part of my life for more than a decade, and I’m very grateful to everyone I’ve worked with over the years.

My last major involvement was running our participation in the Google Summer of Code, which is now fully handed off to others. Prior to that, I was involved in many things from migrating our X11 packages through the Big Modularization and maintaining nearly 400 packages to serving 6 terms on the council and as desktop manager in the pre-council days. I spent a long time trying to change and modernize our distro and culture. Some parts worked better than others, but the inertia I had to fight along the way was enormous.

No doubt I’ve got some packages floating around that need reassignment, and my retirement bug is already in progress.

Thanks, folks. You can reach me by email using my nick at this domain, or on Twitter, if you’d like to keep in touch.


Written by Donnie Berkholz

June 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

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  1. Have a good time!

    Markus Rathgeb

    June 25, 2016 at 3:20 am

  2. Thank you for your work and good luck 🙂


    June 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

  3. Thank you for your hard work on Gentoo. I’ve followed your initiatives over the years, and while I’ve been reluctant to try to become a full Gentoo Dev (the politics looked daunting), the behind-the-scenes work you did made it quite tempting. 🙂

    Good luck, Mr. Berkholz.

    Jesse Adelman
    San Francisco, CA

    Jesse Adelman

    June 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm

  4. wow, and end of an era. good luck with your future endeavors.


    June 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

  5. Thanks for all your hard work over the years. Hope you continue to use Gentoo even if you’re no longer involved with developing it, as I think Gentoo is still special.


    July 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

  6. It’d be beyond my words to express my gratitude, but as a gentoo user for more than a decade, and an ex-developer of a window manager (and I maintain a fork of an driver, but there hasn’t been any progress of my own for years)…well, I don’t say I understand your effort, but thank you very much, and I wish you good luck.

    With best regards.

    teika kazura

    July 4, 2016 at 5:46 am

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