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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] NuttX Proposal
Date Mon, 02 Dec 2019 20:47:39 GMT
Very well said.

I am optimistic.

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 9:26 PM Gregory Nutt <> wrote:

> > This is a good discussion to have had before entering the incubator, and
> I'm satisfied that the intent is good, and the podling can demonstrate
> during incubation that the founder will in fact step back and allow the
> project to move forward without the founder's undue influence.
> >
> > Note that it's fine for the founder to continue to work on the project,
> but in a different role.
> I have been standing back and not getting deeply involved with this
> discussion because it pertains too closely to me.  It is my intention to
> divest myself of total authority over the project just as stated in the
> Proposal.  Further, it is my intention to stay out of the initial
> formation of the project as much as possible, in partial fulfillment of
> Ted Dunning's "thought experiment."  I intend to vote 0 on all decisions
> before the PPMC -- unless, I suppose, I had some very strong opinion
> about some topic.  I cannot imagine what topic that might be, however.
> I will be available as needed for information needed by the others to
> accomplish this transition but for the most part, just consider me as on
> vacation in place.  I will help as much as needed and stay out of the
> way as much as possible.
> I suppose I should say a little more about my motivations in this.
> Without some understanding, is is reasonable to be skeptical.  Yes, the
> project is very dear to me and the result of many years of blood, sweat,
> and tears and years of work mostly done alone for crazy long hours.
> Being a "benevolent dictator" does not proper describe my past role
> because I was the ONLY person on the project.  I did everything.  I
> still do.
> There are two things that motivate me:  First, the workload has gotten
> to be far too much for one person.  I dispose of around 60-100 changes
> per week and really have no personal life left.  It is more than I can
> do (and much more than I can do well).  The only real way to solve that
> is to open the project up to others working as equals.  The second, and
> more important, motivation is the I am closing in on 70 years old now.
> I retired 8 retires ago and I cannot realistically control this project
> long into the future.   For my personal health and sanity, I really need
> to detach and let the project take a life of its own that does not
> depend on me in any way.
> I would see the biggest risk to a new PPMC would not be me, but rather
> the sheer volume of work that the PPMC is stepping into.  I am prepared
> for some initial chaos and perhaps a missed release cycle.  But I have
> come to accept that that is a reasonable price to pay for a clean
> knife-edge hand-off.
> Greg
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