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20: Finale, thank you!

3/21/2018
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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. Sponsors FastlyOur bandwidth partner.fastly.comLinodeOur cloud server of choice.linode.com/changelogRollbarOur error monitoring...

Duration:00:42:28

19: Design, Software, and Open Source

1/19/2018
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Lauren McCarthy joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss her work on p5.js, contributions and culture, her before and after take on open source, her path to becoming a maintainer, how p5.js gets new contributors, how they keep them around, and why design isn’t better represented in open source. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.GoCD Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links p5.js Discuss on Changelog News

Duration:01:10:11

18: Maintaining a Popular Project and Sponsored Time

1/19/2018
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Henry Zhu joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss his work on Babel, how he became and accidental maintainer, why he thinks maintainers aren’t special, paid open source work, the Babel brand, and building community. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.GoCD Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links babel Discuss on Changelog News

Duration:01:02:07

17: Experiments and the Economics of Open Source

1/19/2018
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Daniel Bachhuber joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss his work on wp-cli, the economics, origins, staying productive as a maintainer, fund raising, and the state of wp-cli today. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.GoCD Featuring GitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links WP-CLI: Command line interface for WordPress Discuss on Changelog News

Duration:01:12:35

16: Open Source History, Foundations, Sustainability

11/22/2017
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Danese Cooper joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss the history of open source, how the term became a thing via Tim O’Reilly, feeling empowered as an open source contributor, companies’ relationship to open source, foundations and their role (or not) in governance and sustainability. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.HiredBugsnagfree for 60 daysFastlyOur bandwidth partner. Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Tim O’Reilly: Official BioFree...

Duration:01:19:26

15: Maintaining a Popular Project and Managing Burnout

11/1/2017
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.HiredBugsnagfree for 60 daysFastlyOur bandwidth partner....

Duration:00:58:39

14: Documentation and Quitting Open Source

10/20/2017
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Ryan Bigg joined the show to talk about his open source work on the documentation of Ruby on Rails, fund raising, crowd sourcing, departure, handing off, not quitting, making the right decision, getting paid, sustaining, and more. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.HiredBugsnagfree for 60 daysFastlyOur bandwidth partner. Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links The Asset Pipeline GuideRyan Bigg on _theInitialCommit Discuss on Changelog News

Duration:01:05:11

13: Open Source and Supercomputers (Spack)

7/12/2017
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice.HiredFastlyOur bandwidth partner. Featuring TwitterGitHubTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links LLNL’s WebsiteLLNL on...

Duration:01:03:32

12: Crowdfunding Open Source (Vue.js)

6/15/2017
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice!HiredFastlyOur bandwidth partner! Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Season 2 has...

Duration:01:01:19

BONUS – Behind the Scenes of Season 1 and 2

12/22/2016
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In this special episode of Request For Commits we close out the first season with a look behind the scenes of the show. We talked about how the show was formed, who’s involved and why, how we approach producing this show, our theme music, as well as our plans and timing for season 2. Featuring TwitterGitHubTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubWebsite Notes and Links We will begin production of season 2 in Q1 of 2017 and release in Q2. Subscribe to the master feed to get all...

Duration:00:48:18

11: Funding the Web

11/22/2016
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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. Sponsors ToptalMinio Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links exploit kitsAngler Exploit KitBrave Discuss on...

Duration:01:14:15

10: Finding New Contributors

11/15/2016
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice!Toptal Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Charlotte Spencer is a software developer who’s done a lot of notable work around making open source...

Duration:01:07:14

9: Open source and licensing

11/4/2016
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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. Sponsors ToptalLinodeOur cloud server of choice! Featuring WebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Heather has spent over twenty years on legal matters...

Duration:01:08:03

8: Open Source and Business

10/18/2016
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice!Toptal...

Duration:01:01:01

7: Liberal Contribution and Governance Models

9/8/2016
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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. Sponsors ToptalLinodeOur cloud server of choice! Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and...

Duration:01:18:06

6: Grant Funding: What Happens When You Pay for Open Source Work?

9/1/2016
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On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal talk with Max Ogden, creator of Dat, an open source, decentralized tool for distributing data sets. Max has also done a lot of work in the Node.js ecosystem, including helping start NodeSchool and publishing hundreds of modules to npm. He was also one of the first Code for America fellows. Sponsors ToptalLinodeOur cloud server of choice! Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links We talked about how he figured out grants...

Duration:01:14:04

5: Documentation and the Value of Non-Code Contributions

8/25/2016
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On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Eric Holscher to discuss non-code contributions, how they are regarded in open source culture, their value, and how to incentivize this type of work. They also talked about how Read the Docs grew a documentation community, contribution guides, and why this work matters. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice! Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Read the DocsWrite the DocsWriting Great...

Duration:01:06:40

4: Building Communities

8/18/2016
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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. Sponsors Toptal Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Hoodie Discuss on Changelog News

Duration:00:59:02

3: Measuring Success in Open Source

8/11/2016
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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. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice!Rollbar...

Duration:01:13:13

2: Open Source, Then and Now (Part 2)

8/4/2016
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Nadia Eghbal and Mikeal Rogers kick off Season 1 of Request For Commits with a two part conversation with Karl Fogel — a software developer who has been active in open source since its inception. Sponsors LinodeOur cloud server of choice!Rollbar Featuring TwitterGitHubWebsiteTwitterGitHubTwitterGitHub Notes and Links Karl served on the board of the Open Source Initiative, which coined the term “open source”, and helped write Subversion, a popular version control system that predates...

Duration:01:04:29