Starting a new chapter

Having signed and sent of my contract I think the time has come to let the every one know that I am starting to work for what I think is a very cool company in just two Months, Red Hat. I have been a Red Hat and later Fedora user ever since I first tried Linux back in the late 90ties (by installing either 4.1 or 4.2 of Red Hat Linux), so it does feel like a bit of a homecoming for me. And in my opinion Red Hat is still what they where back then, the biggest driving force behind pushing linux and open source forward. And this is what I hope to be a part of by joining Red Hat, to play my part in continuing to push new innovations into the operating system and through that make it an even better choice for more and more users and organisations out there.

It is still with a bit of melancholy that I leave Collabora behind as I am very proud of the team we built there over the last five years. The amount of features and maturity we managed to put into GStreamer over those years and all the new usecases we managed to cover is quite amazing. But with Rob and Philippe at the helm I am sure the company will continue to prosper even without me.
I will of course continue to be a part of the GStreamer community and will be working with both Collabora and the GStreamer community for instance on organizing this years GStreamer Conference (hope to have the GStreamer Conference 2012 page up in a few days). So while I am now moving onto a new challenge I do not plan on leaving all the great people and friends I made behind, in fact since my new role at Red Hat will be as part of the Desktop team I will continue to haunt a lot of the same conferences and gatherings in the years to come :).

Also as part of this new job I will be moving to Brno in the Czech Republic, joining the 400 strong Red Hat team there. For me, the best thing about living in Brno, in addition to being a very nice city, is that it will allow me to put even more pressure on Jimmac to create a new icon for Transmageddon, as he will be living only a few hours away by car :)


#1 Andy Wingo on 04.25.12 at 18:14

Wow, big news! It sounds like a fun challenge :-) Enjoy it!

#2 Jakub Steiner on 04.25.12 at 18:25

Oh come on. It hasn’t been that long? Just a couple of years now :)

Excellent to have you in the beerland.

#3 Zeeshan Ali on 04.25.12 at 18:29

Congrats Christian!

Jimmac, he must play at least a 100 rounds of Battlefield3 with us before you do that favor for him!!!

#4 Claire Gunter on 04.25.12 at 18:47

Congrats, Christian! This is very cool, though I know Collabora will miss you.

#5 Reynaldo on 04.25.12 at 21:28

Best of luck Christian. You will be missed!

#6 Sumana Harihareswara on 04.26.12 at 05:46

Good luck in the new role and with the move.

#7 Sankarshan on 04.26.12 at 05:48


#8 Luis de Bethencourt on 04.26.12 at 08:09

Congrats Christian!

Best of luck in your new role. Enjoy Brno!

#9 Robert Swain on 04.26.12 at 15:59

Lycka till! :)

#10 Dave Neary on 04.27.12 at 15:17

Hi Christian,

Not sure how I can follow “Internal haemerrhoids” and “Managed Network services”, your last two commenters, but I just wantedd to say congratulations too! Are we in the same team? :) Will I see you in Munich next week?


#11 uraeus on 04.27.12 at 21:47

Won’t be in Munich, got to let my wife give birth first before starting this new job :)

#12 Andrew Savory on 04.28.12 at 16:59

That’s awesome news, congratulations and good luck. It’s a real coup for RedHat to get you!