Moving to Mozilla

>> Thursday, March 08, 2012

Eclipse family: March 23 will be my last day at IBM. I'm happy to announce that I'll be joining the Mozilla Release Engineering team in April. 


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We all wear many hats during our lives.  I've always been fiercely proud of the privilege of calling myself an Eclipse committer.  We've accomplished amazing things together.  I look forward to seeing the continued growth and success of the Eclipse community. 

At Mozilla, I'll have the opportunity to work with a completely new software stack, and learn many new skills while working with very talented people. Best of all, my job will involve contributing to an open source community.  This is what I love to do.  The Mozilla goals of making the web better, and teaching a new generation to make content, instead of just consuming it, really resonate with me. Running builds on 1200+ machines raises some interesting scalability issues which I'm eager to learn more about.  It will be challenging work, and I'm honoured to have the opportunity to work at Mozilla.  I'll be working from my home in Ottawa. 

Where there are new challenges ahead for me, at the same time it has been a difficult decision to let my contribution to Eclipse wane.  I'd like to continue contribute to Eclipse in some way but on a part-time or occasional basis.

My IBM colleagues, my fellow committers and the Eclipse foundation staff:  you are all extraordinary.  It has been a privilege to work with you and learn so much.  To those in the larger Eclipse community, you inspire me.  To the people on the Eclipse SDK and Equinox teams, I have never had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people.  Not only are you creative and technically brilliant, but you are all so dedicated to doing the right thing and getting things done.   You're all genuinely nice people, without ego, who are eager to share your knowledge with others.   It's not often that software project ships on time every year for ten years and continues to delight its user community.  It is a testament to the team behind it that this continues to be the case.  

In the process of working on Eclipse, I've met some fantastic people, many who have become great friends.  I'll miss the seeing your faces every day and discussing the finer points of Git migration strategies, but I'll still be on IRC, Twitter, Linkedln, G+ etc.  If you live in the Ottawa area, I'm always up for lunch :-) 

It has been a great run. Thank you all

Note #1:  I'll continue to write on this blog. The name still applies :-)
Note #2: I was going to call this post "Firefox-y Lady".  Then I read the lyrics to the Hendrix song "Foxy Lady" and decided maybe not.

32 comments:

Ian Skerrett 6:46 AM  

Kim,

Congratulations on the new opportunity at Mozilla. It is great to hear you will be staying in open source.

You have certainly be a great contributor to the Eclipse community and I hope you will stay involved.

Ian

Donald Smith 7:04 AM  

Wow, congratulations Kim, you will love it!

Ian Bull 7:13 AM  

:-)

I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face when I saw this Kim. You'll be missed Kim, but it feels great to know that a family member has been given a great opportunity.

Best of luck, and stay in touch.

Simon Archer 7:22 AM  

This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for you Kim. I am very happy and excited for you! Making a move after so long is always challenging, and I know because I made mine at the end of 2011. I have not looked back and neither will you. Congratulations and very best of luck!

Simon

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Le ScaL 7:26 AM  

This is an awesome news! I'm really happy for you.
Congratulations, and best of luck.

ps: I'm up for cider any day :)

Andrew Ross 7:27 AM  

Kim,

Congratulations. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity at a great organization. Mozilla is fortunate to get you!

I'll be keen to hear about the neat things you're working on. :-)

Andrew

Mike Milinkovich 7:51 AM  

Kim,

A big loss for the Eclipse community, but I couldn't be happier for you. Congratulations!

Glyn 7:54 AM  

Congratulations Kim. Hope the new job is as exciting as it sounds!

Andrew 8:14 AM  

Congratulations, Kim! You'll definitely be missed in the Eclipse world but we're happy you're going to a good home with the Mozilla community.

Wim Jongman 8:48 AM  

Happy building at mozilla.

Wim Jongman 8:49 AM  

Happy building at mozilla.

Denis Roy 8:53 AM  

Wow, it sounds like a great opportunity! Congratulations Kim, and thank you for everything you've done for Eclipse. Your '500' uid will never be deleted :-)

neeroc 9:22 AM  

Congratulations Kim!

Lars Vogel 9:31 AM  

congratulations and enjoy the new work.

You will be missed. I hope that you will have the time to stay connected to the Eclipse ecosystem.

Praveen 9:39 AM  

You will be definitely missed in this Eclipse world. Of course, mozilla is lucky to have you - All the very best for your new job !

Boris Bokowski 9:56 AM  

Congratulations Kim!

Kai Tödter 10:23 AM  

Congrats and good luck, Kim.

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Sonia Dimitrov 12:07 PM  

Kim, congratulations on this wonderful opportunity! Your contributions go far beyond your track record of getting releases shipped on time. You put the fun in the "fun zone", will really miss you.

Bernd Kolb 1:38 PM  

Kim, this sounds very cool. I wish you all the best. Thank you very much for helping Eclipse to become what it is. You'be done a great job!

Bernd Kolb 1:39 PM  

Kim, this sounds very cool. I wish you all the best. Thank you very much for helping Eclipse to become what it is. You'be done a great job!

Lynn Gayowski 2:43 PM  

Big congratulations! It sounds like an exciting opportunity. Hopefully we'll still see each other at nerd gatherings.

Marcelo Paternostro 4:17 PM  

I am really happy for you. It seems like a fantastic opportunity. We will all miss you for sure but it is not the time to be selfish ;-)

Nick Edgar 4:39 PM  

Congratulations, Kim. Mozilla is lucky to gain such a capable and dedicated person. We'll have to come by and install a cube in your house so you don't feel left out after the rest of us move ;).

Robert Konigsberg 9:18 PM  

We never met but I have been reading your posts for years. Thanks for all the work you have done, and keep doing more great work!

LuísCM 5:47 AM  

Kim,

Congratulations on the new opportunity at Mozilla.

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Mariot Chauvin 3:50 AM  

Congratulations !
Thanks for all the work and have fun at Mozilla.

Armen Zambrano G. 2:25 PM  

Welcome Kim! Looking forward to meet you!

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