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Well, hello there.

It’s clearly been a long time since I’ve blogged here. If you want to know why, I’ll tell you, extensively, about the intervening time … but over on my new personal long-form writing site at It’s not ready yet, I’ll let you know when it is via an blog post and on my @quaid Twitter feed .

The ‘i, quaid” blog is waking up as part of my returning to active duty as a community manager. I currently have two projects in my portfolio, Operate First and the Open Source Way. Watch this space for more about both those projects.

In the time since I wrote last here, I’ve been leading the effort to write the 2.0 version of the Open Source Way, a guidebook for community management best practices. There’s a whole story there to be written, but in short: from the Spring of 2019, through content completion in Dec 2020, to release announcement on 13 April 2021, we wrote a guidebook. We wrote this guidebook as a community of collaborators using our own best practices. You should check it out. There’ll be more from me about this subject on this blog, as I shift to the “attract users/readers of the guidebook” phase of community management.

Also during the last few years I was doing (and finishing) a number of things in the CentOS Project as a Director on the Governing Board, a seat I held from it’s formation in 2013/2014 until my recent departure in April 2021. I’m still writing my retrospective for the CentOS Project blog, I’ll alert in the same channels when that is done. In short, we set out to achieve some goals in 2013 that could change the world. I think we see the culmination of that with CentOS Stream. I detailed all that in another blog post, Balancing the needs around the CentOS platform. Now it’s time for me to get out of the way and make room for the next evolution of leadership for the project. I’m not abandoning the CentOS Project, just now I’m in charge of myself and my own experience. If I have more to say on that subject, I’ll send out the alerts when it’s published.

In and around all this I was Managing Editor for one of Red Hat’s blog properties in the Office of the CTO at Plus all the many other little things that fill the time in Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO).

And that’s the quick catch up on the professional open source advocate side. It’s good to see you.

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