News Category: Open Source Practices


Joe Brockmeier
Joe Brockmeier of Red Hat shares a wealth of practical wisdom for building open source communities in this talk from LinuxCon North America.

Communities Over Code: How to Build a Successful Software Project

Healthy productive FOSS projects don't just happen, but are built, and the secret ingredient is Community over code. Purpose and details are everything: If you build it will they come, and then how do you keep it going and growing? How do you set direction, attract and retain contributors, what do...
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Ilan Rabinovitch
Ilan Rabinovitch of Datadog shares tips for performing blameless post mortems in order to learn from mistakes, in his presentation at LinuxCon NA.

Converting Failure to Success Should Be Part of Your Core Process

My life is full of mistakes. They're like pebbles that make a good road. -- Beatrice Wood You know all the catchphrases and inspirational quotations about failure: fail fast, succeed quicker; fail forward; embrace failure; fail fast, fail often, fail everywhere. As creators of the bleeding edge of...
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7 Notable Legal Developments in Open Source in 2016

A number of interesting and notable legal developments in open source took place in 2016. These seven legal news stories stood out: 1. Victory for Google on fair use in Java API case In 2012 the jury in the first Oracle v. Google trial found that Google's inclusion of Java core library APIs in...
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The Patent Troll Abides: 2016 in Review

Patent trolls were down but certainly not out in 2016. After a massive burst of litigation at the end of last year, we saw a noticeable drop in patent troll lawsuits at the start of this one. But trolls began returning to court as the year continued and 2016 will likely end with a relatively small...
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How to Build Powerful and Productive Online Communities

We have all witnessed the significant shifts in technology in recent years. An application economy has formed, microservices and the cloud allow us to build large-scale systems, and virtual reality, augmented reality, health monitoring, and others are changing how we live, work, and play. At the...
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Coopetition: All's Fair in Love and Open Source

​"I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it." Walt Disney PostgreSQL vs. MySQL. MongoDB vs. Cassandra. Solr vs. Elasticsearch. ReactJS vs. AngularJS. If you have an open source project that you are passionate about, chances are a competing...
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Merry Linux to You!

Get ready to start caroling around the office with these Linux-centric lyrics to popular Christmas carols. Running Merrily on Open Source To the tune of: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Running merrily on open source With users happy as can be We're using Linux and getting lots done And happy...
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Systems We Love: How the Past Informs Our Present

It started with a July tweet asking if there was interest and after dozens of responses (and 161 “likes”) it was on. By mid-October, organizers for the first-ever “Systems We Love” conference had received 162 submissions for just 19 speaking slots, and “I marked 70 as ‘would love to see’,”...
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Open Source Diversity Efforts Gain Momentum in 2016

If software is pervasive, shouldn't the people building it be from everywhere and represent different voices? The broadly accepted answer is yes, that we need a diverse set of developers and technologists to build the new digital world. Further, when you look at communities that thrive, they are...
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How Should You Put Soft Skills on a Technical Resume?

I was in Google Docs collaborating on a resume for a Resume Raiders client the other day when a comment popped up regarding soft skills. The client was a highly accomplished mobile developer with many years of experience, and he wanted to be sure that his "abilities to communicate with clients,...
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