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Scientific Linux's Troy Dawson Leaves FermiLabs For Red Hat 49

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First time accepted submitter EponymousCustard writes "On a day of big resignations, we also hear that Troy Dawson of the Scientific Linux project is joining Red Hat, and will no longer be working on Scientific Linux. It will be a big loss. thanks to Troy for all the great work!"
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Scientific Linux's Troy Dawson Leaves FermiLabs For Red Hat

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  • by TooMuchToDo (882796) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @06:11PM (#37213074)

    As an ex-Fermilab employee myself who was lucky enough to work with Troy (and able to just email him when I needed a feature stuck into SSH in SL), congratulations! Best of luck!

  • how about spelling things correctly in the title at least ? it's Fermilab. not plural. while there is a lot of stuff there - it is one lab. fnal.gov
  • Things always come in threes, right?

  • by loftyhauser (1149267) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @07:55PM (#37213784)
    So, just as SL is increasing in popularity due to the (perceived) problems with CentOS, Red Hat pulls the main SL developer away. Coincidence? Perhaps...
    • Troy isn't the main SL developer, he is one of two main developers. SL's original developer is still there, and it's pretty likely Fermilab will find a potential replacement for Troy from their pool of Linux talent.

      • by sorak (246725)

        Troy isn't the main SL developer, he is one of two main developers. SL's original developer is still there, and it's pretty likely Fermilab will find a potential replacement for Troy from their pool of Linux talent.

        Right. Garfunkle's still there. They just lost Simon.

        (Or is it the other way around?)

  • It looks like it's the end of the Gravy Train for people wanting a Free RHEL....

  • As a SL desktop user, I hope this doesn't negatively affect SL. But, I hope Troy and Red Hat do well together.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      As a SL desktop user, I hope this doesn't negatively affect SL. But, I hope Troy and Red Hat do well together.

      Well, Fermilab still has a large number of SL machines, and will continue to have, and support, a large number of SL machines. We will continue to need some kind of supported linux for scientific applications. Whilst in principle the lab and user community could migrate to something else instead of producing SL6, SL7 and so on, it seems unlikely that an alternative would involve less work.

    • by mug funky (910186)

      as someone who used an SL box to control a film scanner, what's the difference between SL and any other distro?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Any other distro? I get to pick?

        Well, the difference between Arch and SL is that SL sucks. (e.g. System V overcomplexity all up in your init scripts, patches things too much, obsolete package versions, package manager that isn't the one I like.) All the sort of suckage that makes a typical enterprise OS unsuitable for my home PC.

        Or is that not what you meant?

        (And if anyone infers I don't understand the converse unsuitability of Arch for a typical enterprise deployment, thanks for projecting, we now know how

      • by timbo234 (833667)

        SL is based on, and closely tracks, Redhat's Enterprise Linux product, which has been designed to offer stability and very long support periods (at least 7 years after release I think). That's what makes it suitable for servers, whereas most other* Linux distro's have shorter release and support cycles (12-18 months) and tend to use more recent versions of software, which makes them arguably more unstable.

        * Note there are other 'enterprise ready' long-support cycle distros such as Debian Stable, or Suse Lin

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't know if this had anything to do with it, but Troy was contributing time to Ascendos [ascendos.org], a totally open project in light of problems with CentOS' closed development (open in the development project, so anyone at any time could fork the whole development and all the tools involved).
    http://lists.ascendos.org/pipermail/ascendos-dev/2011-July/000000.html [ascendos.org]

    Apparently he won't be able to continue contributing to Ascendos (or Scientific Linux, but that was a paid gig):
    http://lists.ascendos.org/pipermail/ascendos [ascendos.org]

  • by stox (131684) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @09:25PM (#37214488) Homepage

    I remember when Troy stated work at Fermilab. It doesn't seem like that long ago.

    It is gratifying to see how successful SL has become over the years. I know Connie and Troy have poured their guts into it.

    Best of wishes in the adventure ahead. I hope you don't end up taking Connie with you.

    Coincidence that he is leaving the same day as Commander Taco and Steve Jobs? I think not!

  • If you are down that SL Linux has hit this roadblock, check out PUIAS... http://puias.math.ias.edu/ [ias.edu] I found it not too long ago, has Princeton University backing, and is extremely mature... I switched the moment I found it. SL and CentOS are not the only RH clones in the world.
  • by EponymousCustard (1442693) on Friday August 26, 2011 @04:16AM (#37216576)
    http://listserv.fnal.gov/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1108&L=scientific-linux-users&T=0&P=30820 [fnal.gov]

    Hi,
    I have loved all the years that I have been a developer and architect for Scientific Linux, but it is time for me to move on. I have accepted a job offer from Red Hat to work on their new openshift project. ( https://www.redhat.com/openshift/ [redhat.com] )
    My last day working for Fermilab, and on the Scientific Linux project will be September 2, 2011.

    Thank you to everyone who has encouraged, thanked, and helped me over the past 8 years that I have worked on Scientific Linux. I have said it before, and I'll say it now, The Scientific Linux community is one of the best communities there is.

    Troy
  • Troy is a great guy and will be missed. I've only been here ~3 months and I've already asked him innumerable questions about SLF.

    Best of luck from MHD, Troy!

  • Off topic: Still feel little off remembering the day my logo was not selected for Fermi Linux ... http://computing.fnal.gov/unix-users/Fermi_Linux_Logo_Contest_Winners.html [fnal.gov]

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