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Monday 3 September 2012

SUSE Cloud 1.0

SUSE Cloud

The last few weeks were a bit crazy, but there was a good reason for this: the team I've joined a couple of months ago has been focusing on polishing SUSE Cloud for its first stable release. We had some long working days, but we did it: SUSE Cloud 1.0 went out last week! There's been some positive noise in the online media, which is always good to see :-)

With this first milestone now reached, I've looked back a bit at the switch to my new position. It was a bit of a slow start because of hardware failures (try getting a full development and testing environment for some cloud stuff on one laptop with 2GB of RAM; possible, but painful) and because there was a lot to learn; it was actually quite frustrating to feel useless for so long.

However, it seems I found the highway after coming back from GUADEC and everything is going very smoothly now. Of course, doing something completely different was a bit of a challenge for me, and I didn't know how I'd react to playing nearly full-time with OpenStack and Crowbar (a tool created by Dell to ease OpenStack deployments that we adopted). It turns out I'm enjoying it! On top of that, the SUSE Cloud team is really great, with a good mix of fun and work. The only missing bit is that we haven't properly celebrated the SUSE Cloud release with ice cream — I'll have to get this fixed ;-)

Thursday 19 July 2012

Moving on to something completely different

Last month, I got a new job! After three years in the openSUSE Boosters team, I joined the SUSE Cloud team. I'm now working on OpenStack and on SUSE Cloud itself. Quite a big change!

I had planned a long time ago that the release of GNOME 3.0 would be a good time for me to look at what's next. When it went out, I actually took a few months to cool down a bit (it was pretty much needed), and also have some good fun with openSUSE. But after a while, this desire of trying something new came back: I had been working on the desktop for nearly ten years, and on a distribution for four years. Those were exciting years, but at the end, it started to feel like, you know, work. I wanted to stay involved in GNOME, in the free desktop in general, in openSUSE, in cross-distro collaboration: this is not just work and this should not be just work. I didn't want to slowly move to doing stuff while not caring anymore. This is how I found out that I needed to go back to the early days and contribute in my free time again :-)

There was still the question of, well, work. I started looking around, and I had some good discussions with several people about what to do next (thanks to everyone who took some time for this!). i must admit I changed my mind several times. I was not necessarily looking for a developer position (quite the contrary, actually), as I knew that for me to be motivated for a new project as a developer, the project had to be one that I could care about, one that has a free software community around it and one that would get me out of my comfort zone (so not on the desktop nor on a distro) — yeah, not easy :-) But at some point, SUSE had this cool developer position related to OpenStack. Good timing. (Btw, we're still hiring!)

It's been great so far; of course, you need to ignore the buzz words ;-) I wanted a new challenge and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, I got served: new project, new community, new code, etc. It didn't help that the hard disk in my laptop decided it was the perfect moment to die, and that Lenovo took weeks to send me a replacement disk (finally got it yesterday). But now I'm all set, so let's have fun!

Thursday 26 April 2012

Looking for a cool job?

SUSE is hiring people for the Boosters team! This is the team I've been involved in in the last few years, so I thought I'd share with you a few words on this...

The Boosters are working on enabling openSUSE contributors to reach their goals. This can involve technical diving, an artistic vision (not required, obviously, or I woulnd't be in the team ;-)), marketing fun, talking at events, discussing issues, etc.: all skills are welcome in our team, as all skills are welcome and needed in the community! It's really an amazing job where you're simply part of the community and your goal is to help the community move in the right direction. On top of that, I have to mention that the Boosters team is full of great minds, and we're enjoying every day working on something we love!

Dream job, some might say :-)

Help wanted: rockstars

Are you interested? Check out the details and apply! You can also check the other open positions at SUSE, there might be the one you're looking for... ­Oh, and as we keep hiring, remember to check out the careers page every now and then to see the latest openings!

Monday 16 August 2010

Want to join Novell?

I've been at Novell for two years and a half now, and it's been an interesting ride. I must say I've had two amazing bosses who understand the way I work and who have been really supportive, so that definitely helps! I don't know if Klaas will stand me much longer, though ;-) In addition to that, being part of the Boosters is a good way to be with people as crazy as I am, working on weird stuff like me.

Of course, it has been hard to see good people leave the company in the past few months — they are generally still involved upstream, though, so that's positive :-) But recently, we've been joined by two friends: Frédéric, who's working on SUSE Meego, and Jos, the new openSUSE community manager. And guess what? We expect more! Because we're still hiring:

  • the very same team I'm part of (remember, the crazy people) is looking for a new member. The job description is, well, you know, a job description ;-) What is most important, in my opinion, is that we're looking for someone who understands free software communities: the goal of the team is to grow the openSUSE community by enabling the community, and we're having fun with that! You can have the right profile even if you don't know the openSUSE community well at the moment: for example, it's totally fine to come from upstream (some of us do have an upstream-only background). I heard that some people even wonder if it's normal to get paid for such a job. But yes, you will get paid. To apply, go here and use the openSUSE booster keywords.
  • our SLED team is looking for a GNOME developer to help with the maintenance and the development of SLED, and I certainly hope that this developer will also work with the GNOME team in openSUSE :-) If you enjoy fixing bugs and adding some nice features that make a difference to users, this could be a good position for you! To apply, go here and use the SLED GNOME keywords.

If you want to chat about any of those jobs or about how it feels to work at Novell, don't hesitate to ping me!

Monday 10 December 2007

What's up, Doc?

Done, yay! Oh, you're wondering what's done? Well, I'm now Dr. Untz. Quite a few people knew that things were going forward on this front lately, and I want to thank everybody who supported me in some way. That's also partly why I've disappeared in August and September (you know, writing a thesis manuscript can take some time) and in the last few days (for the defense, of course). Things went quite well, and I was lucky enough to have Daniel, Dodji and Christophe (Fergeau... what? no blog for you?!) come attend my defense. I've of course taken a few days to rest and sleep after all this. It's great to be able to procrastinate again ;-)

Of course, it's time to start seriously thinking about the future, and especially about my future job. I've got some ideas, and I've been talking here and there with people and asking friends for thoughts. It's clearly not an easy task to choose what you want to do, and where/how you want to do it... Interesting times. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts about this: all input is welcome!

(There are some more details in my french post about all this, if you're curious. Everybody understands French, right?)

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by Vincent