Leaving CentOS team, not CentOS community
With disappointment and regret I decided to resign from the CentOS team after having spent the prior weekend thinking it through. It was not the first time I was in this situation, but this time the number of reasons weighed up against the belief that I can make a difference from within the team.
One month ago, being in the same situation and discussing this with some team members/friends, I regained hope that we could fix this and incidentally, that's when I started the CentOS Pulse newsletter to improve the project's communication.
However a recent incident showed yet again a lack of trust and appreciation and made me question my involvement. There are also a few reasons that I consider internal kitchen and therefore will not be disclosed, but the project lacks leadership, shows poor communication, little transparency and fails to engage more people from the community (eg. great need for improvements, plenty offerings, but slow or little acceptance).
I never had any responsibility in producing the base CentOS distribution and therefore my decision will not have any effect on the final product that people are using. That what makes CentOS a good Linux distribution with, quite possibly, the largest installed Linux base.
And while I may no longer be part of the CentOS team, I still am an avid CentOS user and advocate. And hope that the team (of which I consider many good friends) can turn this around for the benefit of its community, including myself :-)