Moving up in the freedom stack

27Aug12

Lick Observatory from Ranch Grant, by Sean O’Flaherty.

Hi, just a short note to let everybody know that I’m in the process of leaving Nokia and joining… the Platform Engineering team at the Wikimedia Foundation! There I will help improving the volume and quality of community contributions in technical areas like QA, sysadmin and development of features for Wikipedia and related projects. I don’t need to tell you how excited (and impatient) I am about diving into such massive and complex project full of openness and freedom.

But before I need to deal with something more prosaic and mundane: the change of status of my US visa. Hopefully it will take just a few weeks. In the meantime I’ll have time to leave things properly at the Qt and Maemo communities, while getting more familiar with the wide and deep Wikimedia biosphere. I’ll also have time to read units of 140 pages instead of the usual 140 characters, learn something requiring full concentration and perhaps get a few samples of the peaceful Summer holidays I didn’t have with all this professional instability. Like attempting to pedal up to the Lick Observatory while, down there, Silicon Valley is pushing frantically new businesses, products, releases…

This is enough for today. Not saying “Thank You” yet. :) I’m saving my closure and opening blog posts for the days when I will effectively leave Nokia and become a Wikimedia Foundation employee.

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25 Responses to “Moving up in the freedom stack”

  1. 1 Peter

    Congrats, Quim! I’m so glad for you. This is a perfect job for you. Don’t forget your roots in open contribution.

    Peter@MaemoMarketing

  2. All the best, Quim, and thanks for your great work, passion and patience. I am sure you will be a great addition to the Wikimedia team!

  3. Hah! The Qt folks are taking over Wikimedia. Looking forward to working with you more.

  4. This is so *good*.

  5. Great news! I’m glad it worked out for you and your family!
    So I assume your new position is still in the Bay Area?

  6. 6 qgil

    Thank you everybody! Yes, staying in the Bay Area was the family priority number 1. The new position is located at the Wikimedia Foundation headquarters in San Francisco downtown. Less bicycle and more train. Less sport / sun and more reading / listening while commuting. :)

  7. Thank you for all your work on Qt and Maemo :)
    Good luck!

  8. Nice! Looks like I’m gonna become a caltrain commuter myself soon, so maybe we’ll see each other in there :)

    All the best!

  9. 9 Jed

    All the best Quim, & thank-you very much for all you’ve done over the yrs.
    Don’t be a stranger to the Maemo (or whatever we’ll finally call it) community in the future!

  10. Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck at the Wikimedia Foundation. They are very fortunate to have you joining them.

  11. Good Luck Quim! :)

  12. Congratulations – hope it works out well!

  13. 13 Marius Vollmer

    Great! This makes me smile and warms my heart.

  14. Congratulationes! Io es felice que tu ha trovate un excellente empleo, e in si breve tempore!
    Io te augura un bon continuation, e spera que il habera ancora occasiones de revider nos!

  15. 15 John Kneeland

    Congratulations, Quim! I will miss you at Nokia

  16. Muchas felicidades, Quim! Espero que puedas resolver el tema de la visa sin rápido y sin problemas y que esto no signifique que no nos vayas a hacer más visitas ;)

  17. This is just lovely! All the best wishes, and see you soon!

  18. Congratulations Quim, fantastic news! I know how much a hassle visas can be, so hopefully it will all go smoothly.

  19. Good luck Quim! Was good to work with you during Maemo and Meego days.

  20. Nice to hear you excited about something! Wikimedia got such a brilliant person on board!

    All the best!

  21. Thank you very much for all your kind words!

  22. Glad to see you found a new place to put positive energy into :) All the best for your new challenges – keep us updated how it goes through the usual channels.

  23. Congrats, Quim. You did an exceptional job with Qt and I wish you will have a lot of fun working for the Wikimedia foundation.

  24. 24 Aniello Del Sorbo (anidel)

    Congratulations for your new job Quim :)
    And THANK YOU for all you did while at Nokia for pushing openness within Maemo/MeeGo. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to meet you.

    Of course, I am sad about you leaving. It’s one more step backward for Nokia.

  25. Well, I made it to the Lick Observatory! http://www.flickr.com/photos/quimgil/8023715768/in/photostream

    Still waiting for the new visa, though…



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