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How to get rid of maintainer guilt  ↦

If you’re a maintainer who’s feeling the burden of your open source software, you have a few options to consider according to Richard Littauer — you can…

  • Onboard more maintainers - spread the burden to more of the community
  • Clearly set expectations - explain your software is provided on an “as is” basis
  • Hire a maintenance company - wait, what?!

Is that we’ve come to? Are we now hiring code maintenance companies to maintain our open source?

I’m actually quite interested in the economies around this, so let this post serve as an open invite to Richard to join me on Founders Talk for a discussion on the state of open source maintenance and his lessons learned building Maintainer Mountaineer.


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