announcements
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 | announcements

After many years of procrastination, I finally got off my duff and set up Let’s Encrypt for my domain – with my OSS domains soon to follow (though those already had SSL for all but the apex domain bounces, courtesy of Read the Docs).

You should now be seeing https URLs for all pages on this site, and be redirected to https if you access the http versions.


Sun, Sep 26, 2021 | announcements

I finally got my bank, Stripe, and Github to play nice together, so I’m now on Github Sponsors. Added it to the relevant section of my projects page too.

No tiers or goals or anything like that - I’m sure the more entrepreneurial users appreciate those features but I’m #blessed with a well-paying job that gives me some OSS time, so sponsorship/etc is largely about beer money or one-time “you fix my bug, I give you cold hard cash” agreements.


Sat, Sep 25, 2021 | announcements, personal

I’ve turned off Disqus comments on this site. There’s not usually enough feedback to be worth the extra page/cognitive load. My inbox is always open!


Fri, Sep 24, 2021 | announcements, fabric, invoke, paramiko

Just a quick note that there is now a roadmap section on my projects page. I’ll be linking to this from the project websites ASAP.

My hope is that this goes a small way towards addressing the thing where my reduced cadence makes it look like projects are “dead” when they’re actually just sleeping (cue Monty Python parrot reference here).



The first step

is admitting you have a problem; so with that in mind:

Hi. My name’s Jeff, I maintain several OSS projects you may be familiar with1, and I’m burned out.

I lie awake at night, unable to sleep, crippled by guilt. During the day, it’s anxiety and fear that cripple instead, making the thought of facing the issue tracker unbearable.

Development on my projects has slowed far more than I ever intended, and while I have excuses2, push has clearly come to shove. Something must change.



Wed, May 9, 2018 | announcements, fabric, invoke

It took (much) longer than anticipated, for a number of reasons, and like any good .0 release it’ll take a few minor releases to really get up to speed – but it’s here! Fabric 2.0.0 is now out on PyPI, along with the project that does much of the heavy lifting, Invoke 1.0.0.

Please see the upgrade documentation for the gory details, and if you like, read on for some non-instructive reflection on the occasion.


Mon, Apr 17, 2017 | announcements, fabric, invoke

Opening remarks

This has been a hard blog post to write; not in a technical sense (though blogging always is - it’s why I don’t do more of it!) but simply because Fabric 2 has been “coming soon” for what feels like ages, and putting it out in the open turns out to involve a lot of emotions.

But here we are: Fabric 2 is no longer private!


Tue, Jul 5, 2016 | announcements, career, fabric, personal
Being picky As mentioned in my 2015 round-up post, I’ve been trying to make ends meet, re: open source plus a paying job. In March, I parted ways with a bunch of great people to take time off1 and embark on a job hunt. My goal was to find a company that could dedicate time to upstream maintenance, used my projects heavily in production, or both: Without a clear split between “internal” and “external” development time, prioritization becomes a tug of war leaving both sides unhappy. (And verbal agreements can get lost when organizations reshuffle.) Only by using one’s own projects can a developer truly internalize use cases and encounter edge cases. Development in a vacuum isn’t great. A role lacking one of these is problematic; one with neither – regardless of how awesome it would normally be – can make OSS unsustainable. Work found Despite my tight focus, I’ve had many great conversations with amazing hiring managers – often, after grilling whichever friend or contact initially reached out. Thanks to all of you! After some difficult decision-making, I’m happy to say I’ve found a role filling both of my criteria! My new employer: uses Fabric to manage thousands of servers, giving me an excellent source of real-world problems to drive development; is giving me 1 day/week for pure upstream development; has plans for a new, interesting-to-an-ops-guy platform that I’ll help architect and develop.