Thursday, November 21, 2013

I quit Qualcomm today! Whoohoo! Joining SUSE

After a good 5 years and 8 months I have decided to resign at Qualcomm Atheros. It was a terribly fucking hard decision given how much hard work our Linux upstream team has put into helping Atheros evolve as a friendly FOSS company (even open firmware for 802.11n USB devices!), unfortunately though my passion to work freely within the FOSS community is in direct conflict with working at Qualcomm and I need to move on. Qualcomm is heavy on a legal team... so I don't feel comfortable in saying anything more.

Banksy in Boston: F̶O̶L̶L̶O̶W̶ ̶Y̶O̶U̶R̶ ̶D̶R̶E̶A̶M̶S̶ CANCELLED, Essex St, Chinatown, Boston

Its been a good long journey both at Atheros and with the Linux wireless community. I'm not completely leaving the 802.11 space, but my role in it will only be community driven as it used to before, and I'll still upkeep the projects I maintain in that space. Linux wireless has grown up, by now all 802.11 Silicon vendors are chugging upstream, but I need to go look at other challenging areas I can help with as well and in particular I do hope to start dedicating more serious attention to the Linux backports project which has also grown up considerably. My involvement with the community will also change but for the better, I will have much more freedoms. Remember -- FOSS is not driven by corporations, we the people, the developers make it and shape it.

After shopping around in the market for a while I'm excited to say I've found a great alternative, starting 2014 I'll be joining SUSE, a company that has FOSS in its blood, and a great sense of fucking humor.

Snakes go "hiss"
Owls go "hoot"
Horse goes "neigh"
And pigeons "poop"
Lions "roar"
Sheep goes "bahh"
and the platypus goes "rrrrrr"
Geese say "honk"
and Piggies "oink"
and the chimp goes "ah ah ah"
But there's one sound
that no one knows
What's the chameleon say?