News Category: Open Source Practices

7 Best Practices for Giving a Conference Talk

You want your first speaking experience to be a happy one, so I've prepared tips that may help you when writing and presenting your talk. 1. Know your audience The SeaGL audience, for example, is an interesting mix of those new to tech and folks who have been around technology for a long time....
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Three Steps to Gaining Influence in an Open Source Project as a New Enterprise Contributor

First, let’s talk a little about why you want to gain influence in open source projects in the first place. There are three different tiers of value that individuals and organizations get from open source code. Take it and use it. (Great value.) It’s free, right? And there’s great value in that...
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Node.js is Strong and Growing

As we come into this year’s Node.js Interactive conference it’s a good time to reflect on the State of Node.js, and by any reasonable measure the state of Node.js is very strong. Every day there are more than 8.8 million Node instances online, that number has grown by 800,000 in the last nine...
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open source guides
The Tools for Managing Open Source Programs guide provides an exhaustive collection of categorized tools that any open source program can benefit from.

Tools for Managing Open Source Programs: A Free Guide

Is your organization looking to build out an open source program? If so, you’re not alone, but not every organization has a holistic sense of the available tools that can help create a healthy program. A simple charter document and a few spreadsheets for tracking projects won’t cut it anymore in...
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How to Docker Compose a Developer Environment: An Open Source Example

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, you should strive to have a simple and repeatable way of setting up a dev environment for your project. In this blog post we are going to go into details of an example from one of the open source projects at Akvo. IMHO, having a painless way of setting up a...
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Comcast: Open Source Program Success Depends on Business Strategy Alignment

Comcast’s involvement in open source was a gradual process that evolved over time. The company eventually created two open source program offices, one for the NBC business and another for the cable side of the business, which is the subject of this profile. Comcast began contributing to open source...
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How FinTech Company Europace Is Modeling Its Corporate Structure on Open Source Principles

Concepts such as decentralizing strategy, delegating direction, and fierce transparency in communication are part of the backbone of successful open source projects. In my presentation at Open Source Summit EU in Prague, I will explore how these concepts are not only applicable to volunteer-run...
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A 3-Step Process for Making More Transparent Decisions

Your work as an open leader will be more transparent when you apply this decision-making technique.. One of the most powerful ways to make your work as a leader more transparent is to take an existing process, open it up for feedback from your team, and then change the process to account for this...
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9 Open Source License Management Rules for Startups

Open source software can be a double-edged sword for startups. It can be a startup's lifeblood, because it helps you innovate rapidly without starting from scratch. But, as they say, open source software is free like a puppy is free: The true cost of open source software is obeying open source...
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Kids Day
The Kids Day Workshop at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles was organized by LA MakerSpace in conjunction with The Linux Foundation.

Learning from Scratch: Kids Day at Open Source Summit

At this year’s Kids Day workshop at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles, The Linux Foundation collaborated with LA to provide kids with an introduction to coding ideas and approaches. The LA MakerSpace is heavily influenced by the maker culture, so they have a very hands-on approach...
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