Taking Over GNU Radio

Today we announced a big change in leadership for GNU Radio. Tom Rondeau, who has led GNU Radio for the last 5+ years, is stepping down and will be taking a position at DARPA as a Program Manager. DARPA is an amazing place to be, and we are all really excited for Tom.

We are splitting what Tom's role had been into two separate roles - a Project Lead, and a Chief Architect. I will run GNU Radio as the Project Lead, and Johnathan Corgan, who has long been a maintainer for the project, will step into the role of Chief Architect and lead development.

You can find a lot more detail on the transition and the new roles in our announcement letters. This is Tom's, this is mine, and this is Johnathan's.

The new GNU Radio website will have a blog section, so I anticipate putting most of my GNU Radio related posts there. That said, it's likely that I'll continue to write some posts that, although GNU Radio related, are more appropriate for my personal website than the official project site. Those will certainly continue to be posted here, on my personal blog.

As indicated by its name, GNU Radio is part of the GNU Project, which is run by the Free Software Foundation. That means I'm now an official GNU maintainer, as shown here. The process of becoming an official GNU maintainer has been interesting, as you must pledge to support the GNU Project's efforts to create a completely free software operating system. Yes, that includes GNU Hurd, which is sort of the Duke Nukem Forever of kernels. Pragmatically, it means that you aren't running a project in a vacuum, but rather as a much larger effort. This has both upsides and downsides, which is a topic for another post.

I'm very excited to be stepping into the role of Project Lead for GNU Radio and Johnathan and I are already moving quick on some high-priority efforts, like creating a GNU Radio Foundation and identifying key people in the community to lead specific development efforts. The GNU Radio community has hit a sort of critical mass, and I believe the project could really take off in the coming few years.

Ben Hilburn

Ben Hilburn

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