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Re: Stepping down from maintaining Solo5 and MirageOS

Dear Martin,

Thank you, as always, for all the heart and effort you have put into
Solo5 over the years. MirageOS has been tremendously improved
by your contributions, and you are an indelible part of the forthcoming
MirageOS 4 series.

So well done from me on not only recognising that you need to step
back to conserve your energies and heal, but also for doing so in
such an open and honest way. We'll welcome you back in the fullness
of time when you are good and ready to return, and otherwise cheer
you on in your future endeavours. I hope that includes some sailing :-)


> On 11 Nov 2021, at 13:14, Martin Lucina <martin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear friends and colleagues,
> effective today, I am stepping down from both maintaining Solo5 and from the
> core team of MirageOS.
> - What does that mean?
> I will no longer monitor pull requests or issues filed on repositories in
> the Solo5/ or mirage/ organisations on GitHub, with the exception of the
> issue of appointing a new maintainer for Solo5.  I am giving up general
> commit privileges for repositories in mirage/.
> Regarding maintainership of Solo5: Given that MirageOS is the primary
> downstream of Solo5, I would prefer that members of the MirageOS
> community step up to continue maintenance of Solo5. Failing that, perhaps
> there is someone in the wider community who is interested. I will file an
> issue to discuss this on GitHub shortly.
> - Why?
> I burnt out on Solo5, MirageOS and related projects some time in the spring
> of this year.  I then proceeded to take a 6 month-long sabbatical, with the
> somewhat arbitrarily timed intent of returning to work on Solo5 and
> MirageOS in October this year.
> Over the course of the past month, I have found myself unable to so much as
> merge existing PRs in Solo5 and their dependencies for the upcoming
> MirageOS 4 release.
> Regardless of whether this means I have yet to fully recover from my
> burnout, or that as part of recovery I must move on to new projects and
> different challenges, it would be irresponsible of me to cling to my
> "ownership" of Solo5 and/or maintainership of dependent MirageOS projects
> any longer, and block the continued work of others.
> - Why are you telling us this?
> This was a hard call, as was the call to write about it publicly. I believe
> in being open and transparent with the community, and being so helps me to
> get a sense of closure on my decision.
> - I have other questions!
> Please feel free to send them directly to me.
> With thanks to @yomimono for inspiring the general structure of this e-mail,
> and seeing that she wrote something similar publicly and survived :-)
> Looking forward to a time when I can get excited about work again, whatever
> that may be,
> Best,
> -mato



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