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Request For Commits explored different perspectives in open source sustainability


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Request For Commits Request For Commits #20

Finale, thank you!

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2018-03-21T15:00:00Z #sustainability +1 🎧 8,947

In this finale episode of Request For Commits – we regroup to discuss how we got here, lessons learned, community impact, and where the conversations around open source sustainability are taking place now and in the future. This might be the end of this podcast, but the conversation will continue on The Changelog. You should subscribe if you’re not already.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #15

Maintaining a Popular Project and Managing Burnout

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2017-11-01T19:00:00Z 🎧 4,597

Christopher Hiller joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss the ups and downs of maintaining Mocha - a JavaScript test framework that runs on Node.js and in the browser. Discussions included maintaining a popular project, getting funding, the challenges of having money, raising the profile of a project, focusing on the needs of a community, and managing burnout.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #13

Open source and supercomputers (Spack)

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2017-07-12T14:45:00Z 🎧 4,736

Todd Gamblin – a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab – tells Nadia and Mikeal all about bringing open source to his peers in the national labs. They discuss what it’s like to open source a project inside the government, how Todd found contributors for Spack, why he got involved with NumFOCUS, and much more.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #12

Crowdfunding Open Source (Vue.js)

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2017-06-15T15:00:00Z #javascript 🎧 4,875

Evan You joined the show to talk about his work on Vue.js. We learn how Evan found users and got Vue.js off the ground, the details behind their crowdfunding on Patreon, whether or not crowdfunding is a viable method of sustaining open source, finding balance in life and work, and plans for funding beyond the Patreon campaign.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #11

Funding the Web

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2016-11-22T14:15:00Z 🎧 6,366

Brendan Eich, founder of Brave and creator of JavaScript, joined the show to talk about the history of the web, how it has been funded, and the backstory on the early browser wars and emerging monetization models. We also talked about why big problems are hard to solve for the Internet and the tradeoffs between centralization and distribution.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #10

Finding New Contributors

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2016-11-15T14:00:00Z 🎧 4,137

Charlotte Spencer joined the show to talk about making open source more approachable, Your First PR, helping people make their first open source contribution, attracting new contributors, and what projects can do to bring in, retain, and communicate with new people.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #9

Open source and licensing

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2016-11-04T14:00:00Z 🎧 4,199

Heather Meeker joined the show to talk about open source licensing, why open source licenses are historically significant, how much developers really need to know, and how much developers think they know. We also talk about mixing commercial and open source licenses, and how lawyers keep up with an ever-changing landscape.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #8

Open Source and Business

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2016-10-18T09:00:00Z 🎧 3,308

David Cramer (CEO of Sentry) and Isaac Schlueter (CEO of npm) joined the show to talk about building businesses in open source, why they decided to turn their side projects into full-time work, how they experimented with finding steady sources of revenue, raising venture capital, working with investors and with community, and different company approaches to developing open source projects.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #7

Liberal Contribution and Governance Models

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2016-09-08T14:00:00Z 🎧 3,972

On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal talk with Rod Vagg, Chief Node Officer at NodeSource, about liberal contribution agreements and the underlying mechanics of liberal contribution management, how to level up casual contributors, how projects transition into a liberal contribution mindset and whether there is a place for BDFLs in the future of project governance.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #4

Building Communities

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2016-08-18T20:00:00Z 🎧 3,784

On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Jan Lehnardt to discuss the value of building communities to reduce burden on maintainers and create sustainable projects, how communities help grow a project, and contributor models.

Request For Commits Request For Commits #3

Measuring Success in Open Source

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2016-08-11T20:00:00Z 🎧 4,044

On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Andrew Nesbitt and Arfon Smith to talk about open source metrics, and how to interpret data around dependencies and usage. They talked about what we currently can, and can not measure in today’s open source ecosystem. They also talked about individual project metrics, how we can measure success, what maintainers should be paying attention to, and whether or not GitHub stars really matter.

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