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Goodbye Planet GNOME

I have been a Planet GNOME blogger for almost three years now. Every post has been a pleasure. I learned some truly odd and interesting things, like how to strangely pass parameter in C and how the kernel reads shebangs.

For over two years PGO has put up with my oddities, like buying AskJeevesMom.com and writing poems about Mars, and discussing interplanetary CDNs. I never received warnings to stay on topic or to get my act together, but I can’t say I never feared it. All those fears were unfounded. The GNOME community is the most friendly and welcoming online community I know. #gnome-hackers was my home as a teenager and I don’t think I heard a dirty word once. The GNOME community simply rocks.

Knowing that my posts end up on PGO has always made blogging seem like a bold and glorious undertaking, though I felt a midget among giants. My posts end up on the same page where HP blogs and Mark Shuttleworth announces and incredible kernel hackers post all sorts of things I don’t understand, but maybe one day will.

Tonight I’m saying goodbye because in three weeks my blog will be removed from PGO and I support that decision.

You see, my blog was once about GNOME and Linux. When I was added to PGO in 2009, I was a new and passionate GNOME user who blogged about Zeitgeist. Today I use OS X and occasionally GNOME 2. I used to be passionate about FOSS, but nowadays I’m a student and I’m just happy if I eat two meals a day, preferably with a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice, assuming that isn’t over-budget, but of course it always is.

It has been a pleasure. If you want to follow me, subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed, follow @aantn or plus me - or even just email me. Do people still use RSS? I still use email. You can even send me an old fashioned letter with a cookie inside, but you’ll have to email me for my address and I can’t promise to eat the cookie. Okay, I wont eat it. But I’ll stay in touch and hopefully some of you will too.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Natan, I know it’s hard to find time to contribute when you’re a student, but every little bit goes a long way to helping GNOME! I suggest that in the coming weeks, find one or two things to improve about GNOME – help us write an article for the annual report or update some information on our website – and apply for membership! It’s not too late. You don’t need to grow into a champion GNOME hacker all at once, and small things help us a lot. I can’t comment on OS X though :)

  2. tom says:

    I also support the decision. PGO needs more ham.

  3. Benjamin Otte says:

    > I’m not going to apply for GNOME membership because I don’t deserve it.
    >
    I disagree with that. Everybody who has ever helped making GNOME more awesome deserves that batch. Forever. But you may of course set a higher bar for yourself.
    So if you feel you’re not involved enough with GNOME to go through the process of applying for membership, I’m fine with that, too. But it really has nothing to do with you not deserving it. :)

  4. Thanks for your great work (I remember you from GHOP) and quite interesting blogposts! Hope to see you around again when you have more time again. :)

  5. Natan, I do agree with Benjamin about that. Everybody’s help are welcome and everyone who helped deserve to be recognized. Note that being a GNOME Foundation member is not only about hacking. We have some members who never written a single line of code, but their work in design, marketing, art, documentation, many other areas, and even on bureaucratic things (like me, being part of GNOME Foundation Membership Committee) are important to keep GNOME rocking, as WE ARE!

  6. Raphael says:

    Just wanted to say: although I still do use GNOME on a daily basis, as of late your blog posts about things like ACTA, etc. have been the reason I’ve stopped by PGO every couple of days. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!