Silverblue SIG - stepping back as organiser

Hey all. I’m going to be honest, the layoffs at Red Hat alongside the recent clamp-down on source code access has left a bad taste in my mouth, and I don’t want to contribute to Fedora anymore. At least, not for the time being. I haven’t contributed much in the first place, but as I recently pushed for, set up and started running the Silverblue SIG I thought I should give some context.

I appreciate that Fedora isn’t just Red Hat, but many of the people I’m interacting with are Red Hat people, Fedora is a big part of Red Hat’s “upstream”, and Fedora is not a separate legal entity (“legally”, Fedora is a Red Hat project). All those people have been nice people! But the actions of Red Hat as an entity have made me feel uneasy, and this is just something I’m meant to be doing for fun and meaning, so. I feel like I started at the wrong time :sweat_smile: and maybe if I got involved sooner, I’d stick it out a bit longer. It is what it is.

I’ve removed my details and the meeting details from the wiki page (it is versioned, so those details are in the history) - if you’d like to pick this up and push it forward please feel free to edit it and establish a new meeting cadence :slight_smile:

p.s. Wouldn’t it be great to revisit the Fedora Foundation idea? I’d like that.


Sad to see you go, @jamesbelchamber, and thanks for all you’ve done! Hope to collaborate again some day!


Sorry to hear this, and thank you for what you’ve done so far!

Of course, I’m biased, but I feel like a lot of the rhetoric around this has gotten out of hand. I’m sorry this has made you uneasy. I do not believe that Red Hat (collectively, or even as a business) is a bad actor (in Fedora or otherwise) and I think that the future will show that. (Actually, I think the past and present do too, but the proof is in the future, right?)

I hope we’ll win you back!