25 Jul 2007 mbrubeck   » (Journeyer)

Retiring from Debian

In response to the inactive developer ping, I have decided to retire from the Debian project. Between my job and the new baby, my time for hacking on other projects is nonexistent, or possibly negative. I have already passed Audacity maintainership to the debian-multimedia team.

I still use and like Debian, and I hope someday I'll return from "emeritus" status to become an active developer again.


While browsing through some very old backup files, I rediscovered one of my first real software projects, an IRC client for BeOS. This was a neat collaborative effort, but we weren't really on the ball with project hosting or version control. This is from a file I wrote documenting what was left of the project after it stopped:

Cyclone was started in spring 1998 by a group of developers who hung out in the #bedev channel on EFNet. The original Cyclone team included Jason Gosnell (Avatar), Jeff Hamilton (Pyrus), Matt Lewinski (mattl), John Wiggins (prok), and Matt Brubeck (mgb), with contributions from several other #bedev regulars.

The Cyclone project produced a small, elegant IRC client. Unfortunately, the team dissolved as several members moved around the country to go to new schools or jobs at the end of summer 1998. Along with the loss of some important pieces of source code, this prevented Cyclone from ever seeing a public release.

I also found some poetry I wrote in middle school, but it's compressed using a version of StuffIt that does not seem to be compatible with any open source tools. This is probably a good thing.

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