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Check out this list of 21 must-read books for open source program managers, recommended by members of the TODO Group.

The Essential Open Source Reading List: 21 Must-Read Books

Is your organization looking to build out an open source program or are you already managing one? If so, you’re probably already considering the kinds of tools and guidance that can make your program a holistic success. That is why, in this article series, we have been covering tools for managing...
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14 Linux and Open Source Conferences Worth Attending in 2018

Whether your budget permits you to attend large, global events or just small local shows, there's a Linux and open source conference to suit everyone. Even if you don’t live and breathe open source, I highly recommend you attend at least one conference that fits your schedule and travel budget....
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Who Contributed the Most to Open Source in 2017?

For this analysis we’ll look at all the PushEvents published by GitHub during 2017. For each GitHub user we’ll have to make our best guess to determine to which organization they belong. We’ll only look at repositories that have received at least 20 stars this year. Here are the results I got,...
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One of the most important things when building an open source community is making sure that your own processes are open, according to Dropbox’s Luke Faraone.

The Evolution of Open Source at Dropbox

The open source program at Dropbox was initially just a mailing list, where some interested engineers wanted to open source projects and develop with open source. Over time, things became more formalized, with a focus on ensuring that the company was consistent about what code it would release...
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4 Successful Open Source Business Models to Consider

When I first discovered open source, the idea of building a business around it seemed counterintuitive. However, as I grew more familiar with the movement, I realized that open source software companies were not an anomaly, rather a result of the freedoms open source offers. As GNU project founder...
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Open source marketing is about capturing very scarce attention and resources in a very crowded environment.

How to Market an Open Source Project

The widely experienced and indefatigable Deirdré Straughan presented a talk at Open Source Summit NA on how to market an open source project. Deirdré currently works with open source at Amazon Web Services (AWS), although she was not representing the company at the time of her talk. Her experience...
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Stop Calling Everything "Open Source": What "Open Source" Really Means

What does open source mean? That's an increasingly tough question to answer because the term is now being applied everywhere and to everything -- which is not good. To understand why open source is losing its meaning, you have to start by tracing the origins of the phrase. Open source was a term ...
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Asynchronous Decision-Making: Helping Remote Teams Succeed

Asynchronous decision-making is a strategy that enables geographically and culturally distributed software teams to make decisions more efficiently. In this article, I'll discuss some of the principles and tools that make this approach possible. Synchronous decision-making, in which participants...
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Linux Foundation Continues to Emphasize Diversity and Inclusiveness at Events

This has been a pivotal year for Linux Foundation events. Our largest gatherings, which include Open Source Summit, Embedded Linux Conference, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Open Networking Summit, and Cloud Foundry Summit, attracted a combined 25,000 people from 4,500 different organizations globally....
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Running a Successful Open Source Project

Managing an open source project isn’t as easy as it sounds. A successful open source project is more than just making the source code available. In this article, Wayne Beaton and Gunnar Wagenknecht explain how you can make your open source project a runaway success. Running an open source...
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