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Nadia Eghbal Avatar Mikeal Rogers Avatar The Changelog #290

That's it. This is the finale!

We're rebroadcasting the finale episode of the beloved Request For Commits on The Changelog. But don't worry, we'll be back with new episodes next week. In this finale episode of Request For Commits, we regroup to discuss the podcast from its start to its finish, lessons learned, community impact, and where the conversations around open source sustainability are taking place, now and in the future. It's the end of Request For Commits, but the conversations we've had will continue on The Changelog. We also have some guest-host appearances for Nadia and Mikeal planned in the near future on this podcast. So, stay tuned.

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Julia Evans jvns.ca

Open source sabbatical = awesome

Julia Evans has finished up her 3 months of funded work on rbspy (thanks to the Segment Open Fellowship) and wrote up her experience. If you can't tell from the title, she liked it. This was an interesting statement coming from Julia (whose reputation amongst developers is impeccable, if you ask me): Another benefit of doing this was that now I have actual code that I’ve written out in the open on GitHub! I don’t really believe in “github is your resume” (lots of great programmers don’t do any open source work! that’s fine!) but it does feel good to have. One huge benefit to employees who work for open source-oriented companies is that they get to build an open source portfolio on the job. That levels the playing field for folks who don't have the luxury of disposable free time outside business hours.

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Jerod Santo brave.com

You can now support our work with the Brave browser ✊

In retrospect, becoming a Brave Publisher was a no-brainer. We're big fans/supporters of: Independent publishers New sustainability models Brandon Eich (listen to this RFC if you haven't yet) Real-world cryptocurrency use cases So, if you appreciate the news and podcasts we've been producing for the past decade, please consider browsing our site with Brave and throwing a few BAT into the proverbial tip jar. 💚

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Request For Commits Request For Commits #20

Request For Commits finale episode (thank you!)

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.

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Tidelift announces open source subscriptions

Donald Fischer: Over the last several months, we engaged with over 1000 professional users and maintainers of open source software through surveys and live conversations. We wanted to learn what’s working for them and what’s not. Turns out, people had a lot on their minds. The result of these conversations was the creation of Tidelift subscriptions, which are described as: paying for “promises about the future” of your software components. Click through to read the nitty, gritty details. There are some interesting opportunities here: Tidelift provides a means for maintainers to band together in a scalable model that works—for everyone. Those who build and maintain open source software get compensated for their effort—and those who use their creations get more dependable software, delivered via a Tidelift subscription.

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"This is a call for help."

Jürg Lenhi, writes in this tweet thread: Let's talk about open-source. I've been developing and maintaining Paper.js for years. It has 8,700 stars on GitHub. Multiple big companies have done projects and products with it. Yet donations and sponsored features are very few, and I need to accept other work to sustain a living. There are several more tweets that follow this up with more details from Jürg, but what I found missing, is an awareness of what a healthy relationship for him and this project looks like. If we've learned anything from Request For Commits, it is that money doesn't solve the open source maintainer problem, so donations or Patreon alone aren't a fix. (Thanks to Cody for sharing this in our community Slack.)

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Kevin Owocki Avatar The Changelog #281

Gitcoin: Sustaining Open Source with Cryptocurrency

We're joined by Kevin Owocki, the founder of Gitcoin. Gitcoin is a platform to monetize or incentivize work in open source software. We talked about how Gitcoin sits at the intersection of sustaining open source and cryptocurrencies, their history and roadmap, their decision to leverage the brand name of Git, bug bounties, funded issues, web3, MetaMask, and the future of Gitcoin and how open source benefits.

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Three Ways to Improve the Sustainability of Open Source Projects

This post shares insights gathered from last year's Sustain OSS. Open source is the basis upon which much of our technology is built, technology that keeps us warm, safe, and happy. Open source projects enable young developers to learn from veterans and entrepreneurs to build million-dollar companies in the space of months. tldr (but you should read): Remember, it's free. Optimize for (many) maintainers It's not just about the code

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