Annotation of statements/wilko, Revision HEAD
1.1 wilko 1: # Please enter a brief statement describing your background
2: # with the FreeBSD project, and your motivations for standing
3: # as a candidate for the core election.
5: As most of you probably know, I am one of the oldtimers (groan..) who
6: started playing with PC-based BSD in the days that 386BSD plus patchkit were
7: current and exciting stuff. But as usual, time flies when you are having
8: fun. It still continues to be a lot of fun for me, or I would not be
9: sitting here writing up this text.
11: Apart from playing with 386BSD in those days I was a hardware design
12: engineer. Which, I found out later, can be a scary thing for you folks out
13: there that perceive hardware as a necessary evil.. My first computer was
14: built from TTL chips, my first harddisk a 10 Mbyte affair I bought broken and
15: fixed before it could be used.
17: My involvement with FreeBSD really took off when I stared a scruffy, jetlagged
18: guy in the face who rang at the door in Arnhem (NL) were I was one of the
19: organisers of the 1st Dutch Hackersparty. It soon turned out this guy was
20: Jordan Hubbard. I took him to visit to one of these shops the Dutch are
21: famous for, and the rest is history. Jordan sponsored me for a commit bit
22: in 2000 I think. Later on I was a founder and sat on the board of
23: the Dutch BSD-Users Group (after we realised that the original NLFUG
24: designation sounds a bit typical when pronounced by a native-English speaker)..
26: Over the years I did multiple things in the FreeBSD project, probably most
1.3 wilko 27: notably working on the now retired FreeBSD/alpha port. This included
28: documentation and release engineering. In more recent days I played
29: nitpicker^Wreviewer for the 2 editions of mwlucas "Absolute FreeBSD".
30: As a side job I am part of the donations@ team, representing core.
32: When the call for assistance came from core to enlist a core secretary I
33: volunteered (some of you thought I lost my wits completely by the way). In
34: retrospect I feel getting a core secretary position created has proven to be very
35: helpful. It is no diffrent for the current core team, the core secretary keeps things
36: running for core (thanks Joel, Philip!). For me personally it has proven to be an
37: unique opportunity to "look behind the scenes" of a leading Open Source project
1.1 wilko 38: leadership team. As a consequence of serving as the core secretary I
1.2 wilko 39: stood up for core, and got elected (wow.. I was *very* surprised, I freely admit).
1.1 wilko 40:
41: I am a strong believer in "small government", which in this specific case
42: means that I feel all the people in the FreeBSD project should be smart
43: (and mature) enough to resolve most things without core intervention. During
44: the last couple of years core has delegated quite a bit of responsibilities
45: to other teams. portmgr, doceng etc have proven that a more distributed and
46: load-shared approach to the project steering teams is both possible,
47: practical and, most importantly, very effective. Should the need arise,
1.2 wilko 48: core is there to be the arbiter to those issues that need it. These days
49: core works more behind the scenes, quite often with the FreeBSD Foundation.
1.1 wilko 50:
51: Don't get me wrong: not everything the current core team that I serve on has
52: turned out to be a success. Some things just did not work the way we/I
1.3 wilko 53: expected, and were abandoned. Notable example is the TRB, it just did not
56: Those failures should not distract us from the fact that most things
57: *did* work, overall the Project is in my view running relatively smoothly.
58: We can always do better, and we should obviously keep
1.1 wilko 59: trying to improve. Serving on core is by no means easy, always satisfying
60: etc etc. But fascinating for me it remains as much as it was when I first
61: sat on core's sideline as the first core sec.
63: Although for some of you this might sound strange, I am interested in a
64: second tour on core. That is because I continue to be very interested
65: in the daily running of one of the worlds leading Open Source projects. I
66: feel that FreeBSD has fullfilled and continues to fullfil a very important
67: role in the Open Source world. "All the world is Linux" is just as bad as "All
1.2 wilko 68: the world is VAX^WWindows". Friendly competition keeps everybody honest, and
1.1 wilko 69: innovation fueled.
1.3 wilko 71: Thanks for reading this,
1.1 wilko 72: