the end of something

This is my last day at Collabora.

It’s more than a little sad. I’ve been at Collabora now since the start of 2009. I’ve watched the company grow from something small into something impressive. Collabora is the company for open source consultancy. I’ve been to some great events and met some great people. Some of whom are now good friends. I am going to miss visiting Cambridge.

Leaving was a personal decision. I am a social person, and working from home for so many years has left me craving an office environment again. It’s weird to leave somewhere when you work from home. There’s no cake, you don’t pack up your desk.

I want to thank Collabora for all the conferences it has let me attend, and all the open source work it has let me do just because it was cool.

There is a next. First I am taking two weeks holiday in Beijing, where I will be visiting my bestie and helping her celebrate her birthday. After that I will be starting work on a foreign aid project with the Australian federal government.

I am planning on staying involved with GNOME, although I’m not sure in what capacity. Unfortunately I won’t make it to GUADEC this year. I’m doing so much other flying in July and August that the idea of a 30h flight to Spain makes me feel a little ill. I will be at Pycon AU and almost definitely at linux.conf.au, hopefully at GUADEC next year (I know, I said that last year).

I leave you with this photo of Kings College, taken out of the window of the old Collabora offices:

kings college

About Danielle

Danielle is an Australian software engineer, computer scientist and feminist. She has worked on GNOME for some time now. Opinions and writing are solely her own and so not represent her employer, the GNOME Foundation, or anyone else but herself.
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9 Responses to the end of something

  1. Robert Swain says:

    Good luck in your future endeavours.

  2. We will miss you! And I would have definitely baked a cake for you if you were here :)

  3. antimonio says:

    I guess you meant “live somewhere” instead of “leave”?

  4. Danielle says:

    @antimonio: I don’t think so…

  5. Philip Withnall says:

    Best of luck in the future. I look forward to hearing about your exciting adventures in foreign aid!

  6. Hi Danni,

    Good luck on next steps. I hope your transitions to new things go well for you. It’s always been a pleasure reading your posts on Planet Gnome!

  7. Oh no! why?? There are offices to work in open source companies too!

  8. Emmanuele says:

    best of luck!

  9. Danielle says:

    @Chandni: I did seriously consider moving to Cambridge, or to London (which would at least be closer), but I decided that I was not in a place in my life to uproot and move city again. I’m not done with Melbourne, I have really great friends here. Having to build that up takes time, and last time I did it with a close friend, doing it again would be on my own.

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