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Alan Cox, No. 2 in Linux world, resigns

Alan Cox’s resignation note is a welcome change from the sterility, plain dishonesty of CEO departure statements
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First Published: Thu, Jan 24 2013. 02 11 PM IST
A file photo of Alan Cox. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A file photo of Alan Cox. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Updated: Thu, Jan 24 2013. 10 34 PM IST
In the world of Open Source, they do things differently. Even resignations. Alan Cox, effectively number two in the Linux world after Linus Torvalds, resigned on Wednesday. Cox, who’s paid by Intel for his Linux work and officially lists himself as “Works at Etched Pixels Digital Design” on his Google+ profile, announced his resignation in a public statement that is as transparent as it is honest. Here’s his resignation statement:
Alan Cox - Yesterday 7:39 PM (edited) - Public
I’m leaving the Linux world and Intel for a bit for family reasons. I’m aware that “family reasons” is usually management speak for “I think the boss is an asshole” but I’d like to assure everyone that while I frequently think Linus is an asshole (and therefore very good as kernel dictator) I am departing quite genuinely for family reasons and not because I’ve fallen out with Linus or Intel or anyone else. Far from it. I’ve had great fun working there.
Most of the people who should know more do, I know I’ve missed a few.
I may be back at some point in the future - who knows. In the mean time if you’d like my job (or indeed one of a range of others) we’re hiring 8)
Alan
[oh and +Greg Kroah-Hartman I will be tidying up the goldfish remaining work rather than just doing a runner on you]
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First Published: Thu, Jan 24 2013. 02 11 PM IST
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