Red Hat, the name means a lot of things to me. Red Hat Linux was the first
Linux distribution I ever saw and worked with. Later I moved into Fedora, and
it became my defacto distribution from Core 1 days. Started contributing to
the project formally from 2006, and joined in Red Hat for the first time back
in 2008. People kept asking me why do I wear my Red Fedora everywhere, why do I
feel so enthusiastic all the time? For me, it is always the people, the company
itself started to provide a healthy relationship with the businesses and Free
Software vendors (including itself). It is still standing tall and growing
because of the people in the company, who still cares about Freedom. I left
Red Hat for 11 months in between, and then came back to work on Fedora itself
as Fedora Cloud Engineer in the Fedora Engineering
team. Later Sayan also joined the team.
The last 3 years were full of fun in different levels. There were last-minute
breakages, heated discussion over IRC or on emails. But, the community stayed
above of everything, the goal of releasing a better distribution for everyone,
and kept inventing at the same time was in sync. I actually have to admit that
I can not express my feelings about working on Fedora as a full-time job. It
was the dream coming true. Friendships became deeper, found many complete new points
of view at things in life. It is never only about technology. The 4
foundations always remind us why
the community is still growing and why we are in love with the project.
I should mention that most of my technical know-how about Fedora and many related things actually came from Patrick. He taught me a lot of things over the years.
I am now back as a
community contributor to the project. This was a personal decision, and I got
support from Anwesha and friends to go ahead with
this. I always worked on upstream projects with my personal email ID, means
there is nothing changed in Fedora directly for me.
At the end, I want to thank Paul Frields, Matthew Miller, Denise Dumas, and rest of
the Fedora Engineering team and the community to give me this opportunity.