5 years back at the Hat

So today rolled over to 1st December which marks the fifth anniversary of coming back to RedHat. I first worked with Red Hat seventeen years ago. Actually it was only a few days ago I was talking to old work colleagues about booth duty at Linuxworld Paris in February 2000. It seems a lifetime ago. Rhys Oxenham my Red Hat colleague then reminded me he was 12 when I was on stage talking about Samba and LinuxHA. I felt incredibly old.

A lifetime spent in Open Source and security has brought me so many friendships. I'm closer to some of my friends in Linux than I am my own family. They know who they are and those relationships are forged in the fires of kernel lists, security vulnerabilities, podcasts and Red Hat Summits.

Long days, long nights, eighteen hour days and making my wife a Linux widow, this year post stroke I've found a work life balance that works for me. Also a massive big shout out personally to Bryan Che. One of the smartest folk I've ever met and a mentor who is so tolerant and actually believes in people. Wish we could clone him.

Working at RedHat is not a job. It's a responsibility to do it right.