Mark has said that when the opportunity to fulfill almost any dream became available to him, his first thought was “go to space”… quickly followed by the realisation that if he didn’t make it happen, he’d spend the rest of his life wondering what could have been, or worse, hating himself for letting it pass by. I’ve also heard him say, many times now, “do what you love”.
No, I’m not going to space. But I’ve stung myself with a similar dilemma — what if “do what you love” means taking bare-knuckled, stomach-churning risk head on? There’s only one answer that I know I’ll be able to live with: DO IT. POP THE TRUNK.
So today, I resigned from Canonical. I finish up at the end of the month.
It seems like an insane time to step off the merry-go-round, considering the ever-rising crescendo in the Ubuntu community, and the incredible progress I have been privileged to watch within Canonical — the juggernaut is in fifth gear, heaving and chomping at the bit to shift up to sixth.
So, why now? I’m excited about Ubuntu, passionate about its mission, confident in its future, and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of it from the very beginning… But ultimately, my heart lies with another, and I have to take that chance, face that risk, while my family commitments and responsibilities allow it. (To avoid any confusion this will inevitably bring — no, Pia is not pregnant! Stop asking that!)
What’s next? Swimming upstream.