News Category: Open Source Practices

What Metrics Matter: A Guide for Open Source Projects

"Without data, you're just a person with an opinion." Those are the words of W. Edwards Deming, the champion of statistical process control, who was credited as one of the inspirations for what became known as the Japanese post-war economic miracle of 1950 to 1960. Ironically, Japanese...
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How Enterprise IT Pros Can Contribute to Open Source Projects

Undoubtedly, your company uses open source software. But the powers that be might express reluctance when developers want to create or maintain projects on company time. Here is a roadmap to help you convince them otherwise—starting with an internal open source project office. Open source...
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The Top 5 Linux and Open-Source Stories of 2018

Last year was among the best of times for Linux and open-source. It was also the worst of years. The top five Linux and open-source stories tell it all. SPECTRE/MELTDOWN First, last January there were a lot of exhausted and angry Linux kernel developers. That's because a fundamental chip design...
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Tech Ethics New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Build Software You Will Regret

At The New Stack, we talk a lot about avoiding technical debt, but what about the ethical debt? Let’s begin by attempting to define just what ethical technical delivery even is. Black Pepper Software’s Sam Warner at the Good Tech Conf — a conference which focused on technology for social good —...
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Open Source Compliance
This fully updated ebook provides detailed information on issues related to the licensing, development, and reuse of open source software.

New Ebook Offers Comprehensive Guide to Open Source Compliance

The Linux Foundation has released the second edition of Open Source Compliance in the Enterprise by Ibrahim Haddad, which offers organizations a practical guide to using open source code and participating in open source communities while complying with both the spirit and the letter of open source...
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Open Source's Evolution in Cloud-Native DevOps

Open source tools continue to serve as the underlying cornerstone of cloud native DevOps patterns and practices — while they also continue to change and evolve. Cloud native’s origins, of course, trace back to when Amazon and then Microsoft began to offer so-called cloud platforms, allowing...
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The Case for Data-Driven Open Source Development

The lack of standardized metrics, datasets, methodologies and tools for extracting insights from Open Source projects is real. Open Source Metrics That Actually Matter Let’s take a look at the first part of the problem: the metrics. OSS Project stakeholders simply don’t have the data to make...
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Living Open Source in Zambia

In a previous article I've announced my sponsorship project, where I offered to help a motivated young Linux Professional getting certified. I found an ideal candidate, and he has taken the RHCSA exam, and now we're ready to take the next step. Santos Chibenga from Zambia is so engaged in the local...
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Nithya Ruff
Nithya Ruff talks with Swapnil Bhartiya about Comcast’s contributions to open source and more.

Nithya Ruff on Open Source Contributions Beyond Code

Sometimes when we think about open source, we focus on the code and forget that there are other equally important ways to contribute. Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, knows that contributions can come in many forms. “Contribution can come in the form of code or in the...
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The Beginner’s Guide to Contributing to Open Source Projects

The practice of building and maintaining open source software works because people from all over the world, of all abilities and backgrounds, form communities to support the projects they care about. It’s not difficult to support the open source projects you use every day, and the efforts you make...
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