I said in my letter that it has been a privilege and a pleasure working for the University. That isn’t a polite fiction; I like the people I have worked with, and I have had interesting and rewarding things to do. But this is an exciting opportunity which came at the right time, so I allowed myself to be dragged away.
I have been a contributor to BIND for several years now. When I met Jeff Osborne (the president of ISC) in Amsterdam 3 years ago, he joked that I worked for them but he didn’t pay me :-) And I have met many of the ISC folks at various conferences. So in some ways it’s known territory.
But some things are going to be very different. The university has more than 1000 times the number of people as ISC, whereas ISC is almost entirely remote so spans over 1000 times the area. From my own point of view, I am looking forward to working in a bigger team than I have been.
This all happened fairly fast: Ondřej Surý (head of BIND development) suggested the new job to me only a few weeks ago, and I still find it hard to believe it’s really happening! We have talked over email about what Ondřej would like me to work on, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.