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Re: Stepping down and moving on

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: Stepping down and moving on
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:19:23 -0000

Hi David

The first thing to do is to sincerely thank you for your extreme dedication, 
skill and energy in developing our favourite program over recent years.  Even 
that seems a weak effort at expressing the gratitude and admiration I feel.  We 
owe you a great deal.  But eventually we all have to move on.

It goes without saying, although I shall say it, that whatever continuing 
involvement you feel able to provide will continue to be widely welcomed by all 
users and developers.  Please don't leave us entirely!

Finally, I do hope your involvement with our community has been mutually 
beneficial.  I believe it has.

Sincerely, Trevor

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Kastrup" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:09 PM
Subject: Stepping down and moving on

Hi folks and team,

while I haven't really occupied an official function in LilyPond
development, it's hard to deny that I have effectively functioned as
acting chief architect and vetter (with a rather mottled performance).

Partly in connection with a drop of my productivity particularly this
year, the amount of financial support for my work from members of the
LilyPond community went down from overall survivable to disastrous.  Of
course this is bitter for those of you that did contribute in
significant amounts to my subsistence but I have to be moving on.

I have accepted a full-time development (and team management) position
with another company.  Due to their project and team expansion plans,
I will be starting already in December.

This employment is in another city.  I'll be travelling back and forth
weekly for the foreseeable future.  While I might be working on some
LilyPond side projects interesting to me occasionally, I will not be
able to do any serious amound of coordination or other activity
involving me with LilyPond's community.

As my communication style has proven to be a somewhat mixed blessing for
the purpose of attracting long-term developers, I expect that this may
help in the long run for finding a different balance of areas LilyPond
is getting worked on.

During his tenure as LilyPond leader, Graham has demonstrated that even
without a central technical lead there is a lot of potential to focus
the resources of people willing to work on and expand LilyPond and we
have been continuing to reap the results of his talent for organizing
people into useful teams even though I have not really figured out how
to fill gaps in the various teams and tools managing LilyPond's
infrastructure to offset the "natural" amounts of fluctuation.

I'll try seeing through the release of 2.20 in the little time remaining
to me both before and after starting my job.  My main worry is the
current comparative amount of instability with regard to font handling,
and my main bad taste is that 2.20.1 will not be able to support
Guile 2: there is no way that anything deserving the label of "stable"
and including Guile 2 will come about in the rest of my tenure.

There are also several half-completed features that are a nuisance.
I do not expect to be able to to a significant amount of work on them in
the foreseeable future.

Once consequence, of course, is that my requirement for funding is over.
I am greatly thankful to the people who have enabled me to keep working
on LilyPond as long as I did, but what remains in my bank account, in
spite of being quite less than what I started with when working on
LilyPond, is sufficient to tide me over the time to my first paycheck.

So I would ask you to cancel any regular bank payments you might still
have in place as of December: I don't see that I will have a reasonable
chance at returning a tangible value for them.

Thanks for making me stay in the pond as long as I did!

David Kastrup

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