As Kevin Fleming says “So long, and thanks for all the fish!”, we say thank you – and look to the future

By David Duffett

It’s amazing what you can learn in a few days…

Having just found out that Queen Elizabeth has a great sense of humor, it has now emerged that Kevin Fleming – a man who (both with and without his moustache) has been an amazing contributor and influencer in the Asterisk project is set to move on to a new challenge outside the project – but still within the realms of Open Source.

Kevin has been involved with Asterisk for 7+ years, and has been both a thought leader and a powerful voice in the Asterisk world during that time. I first met Kevin at a TMC event called VoIP Developer in California (old school, well before the days of IT Expo), where he was speaking about Asterisk as well as helping to man the Digium booth at the event.

I’ve also followed Kevin around Berlin looking for great gelato during the AstriCon Europe 2006 tour – and it was well worth it, that man knows his gelato!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Kevin for his enormous contribution to the Asterisk Project. Without his efforts, Asterisk would not be the success it is today.
When someone in a senior role like Kevin moves on, it is important that others are there to pick up his responsibilities and move the project forward.

As it turns out, we’ve already been working on this, and have some very talented people that will be taking up the key responsibilities of the project going forward.

Some of them have been involved with Asterisk for several years, and some are recent additions, but together they form a great team to lead Asterisk into the future.

Matt Jordan has assumed the project leader role for Asterisk, and is responsible for managing the releases of Asterisk, as well as all of the development efforts within Digium.

Mark Michelson is serving as the Technical Lead for the project, responsible for architecture and design direction.

We have also recently created the role of Community Support Manager, which Rusty Newton has filled. Rusty is a long time Digium employee with many years supporting Asterisk and Digium products, and will be the day to day interface for community technical issues.

As you know, I recently joined Digium to look after the interests of the worldwide Open Source Asterisk community and I will therefore also be working alongside the good people identified above, especially Rusty.

In the middle of September, Kevin will start working for Bloomberg, L.P., in the Office of the CTO, helping to lead their nascent open source initiative.

So while we wish Kevin all the best as he moves on (feeling great that he is staying well within Open Source), we are also confident that the good work he and the rest of the team have done with Asterisk continues to be in the best hands going forwards.

To the future…

David

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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