From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Monday, December 12, 2011

I've Joined the Gazzang Team!

A few weeks ago, I joined a fun, new start-up company here in Austin called Gazzang.  I was a little surprised that this was published in the form of a rather flattering press release :-)  Let's just say that my Mom was very proud!

I know that some of you in the Ubuntu community are wondering how that career change will affect my responsibilities and contributions to Ubuntu.  I'm delighted to say that I'll most certainly continue to contribute to Ubuntu and many of my upstream projects.  Gazzang is quite supportive of my work in both Ubuntu and open source.

Most directly, you should see me being far more active in my regular maintenance, development, bug triage, and support of eCryptfs.  Gazzang's core business is in building information privacy and data security solutions for the Cloud.  eCryptfs is at the heart of their current products, and in my new role as Gazzang's Chief Architect, we're working on some interesting innovations in and around eCryptfs.  A healthy, high-quality, feature-filled, high-performance eCryptfs is essential to Gazzang's objectives, and I'm looking forward to working on one of my real passions in eCryptfs!

More specifically, looking at the projects I maintain, I expect to continue to be very active in:
  • eCryptfs (essential to my new job)
  • byobu (mostly around tmux, and because hacking on byobu is fun and awesome :-)
  • and (because that's how I read manpages)
  • musica (because that's how I've streamed music since 1998)
  • pictor (because that's how I've managed and shared pictures since 1998)
You'll probably see opportunistic development (nothing active, but when an opportunity or bugs spring up), including the usual bzr/launchpad dance, developing, testing, upstream releasing, packaging, and uploading to Ubuntu, of:
And finally, as prescribed by the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, I'm gracefully stepping away from a few other projects I've founded or maintained in the past.  I'll help out if and when I can, but for now I've transferred all of the necessary rights, responsibilities and ownership of:

Finally, I must say that the last 4 years have been the most amazing 4 years of my entire 12 year professional career.  It's been quite rewarding to witness the fledgling Ubuntu Server of February 2008 (when I joined Canonical), and the tiny team of 5 grow and evolve to the 20+ amazing people now working directly on the Ubuntu Server.  And that list doesn't even remotely cover the dozens (if not hundreds!) of others around Canonical and the Ubuntu Community who contribute and depend on the amazing Server and Cloud distribution that is Ubuntu.

I'm really looking forward to my new opportunities around Gazzang and eCryptfs, but you'll still most certainly see me around Ubuntu too :-)  As crooned by The Beatles...
You say "Yes", I say "No". \\ You say "Stop" and I say "Go, go, go". \\ Oh no. \\ You say "Goodbye" and I say "Hello, hello, hello". \\ I don't know why you say "Goodbye", I say "Hello, hello, hello". \\ I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello!


  1. Happy new job Dustin. Been great working with you. See you at UDS :)

  2. Congratulations! I'm happy for you, and am definitely glad we will still see you around the Ubuntu community.

  3. I hope you'll be very happy there and that you'll also stop by a UDS again in the future! You're one of the really good guys and I hope Canonical realizes what a big loss they have with you leaving!

  4. Congrats on the new job! I hope you have good fun. Also, heh, I think you're important enough for the press release ;-)


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