Tag / Governance

  • Consistency is everything. If launching open source projects is part of your job, it is incredibly helpful to have a clear, consistent, and repeatable process for open sourcing code and building a project. Why? There are a few reasons. For one, it increases your odds of success if you can identify the parts of the process that worked well before, and repeat them. Project launches are about people as much as technology. There are actions that attract others, and actions that drive others away; it’s beneficial to remember which is which. If you can’t convince others to join and use your project, you may as well just post the code and be done with it. Another major reason is time. I seriously doubt I’m alone in observing that the typical “We’re launching an OSS project next month! Um, where do we start?” emails usually come with little warning. Most of the time […]

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  • January 15, 2016 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Common Characteristics of an Open Source Community

    This article is part of The Comprehensive Guide to Open Source for Business. Open source communities are as complex as the diverse individuals that contribute to them, and there is no one-size-fits-all definition of how they operate. With that said, there are a lot of common fundamental practices and organizational strategies that many communities migrate towards. This article will provide a general definition of how open source communities are organized and operate in order to provide greater context for the rest of the guide. New definitions Open Source – Denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be modified and redistributed. Upstream (noun) – The originating open source software project upon which a derivative is built. Maintainer (Committer) – An individual who is responsible for organizing code into source repositories, committing patches, and building the source code into binary packages for distribution. Community Organization […]

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  • November 6, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    Open Source Eats Governance, and More. This Week in Open Source

    Open Source Wrap Up: November 1 – 6, 2015 Linux Foundation Launches Open API Initiative The Linux Foundation continues to expand their reach in the tech industry by launching the Open API Initiative (OAI) aimed at creating a vendor neutral, portable, open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This specification will be built on top of Swagger: a description system that makes APIs autodiscoverable and self-documenting. Open APIs have become a key component when creating new technologies, and are particularly important for sectors like the banking and health care industries. Any effort to improve standardization will certainly be valuable. More information can be found at the project home page. Open Source Mobile Voter Registration System Developed for Libya If you have followed international news at all in recent years, you are certainly aware of the ongoing instability throughout much of the Middle East. Libya has been hit particularly hard by […]

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  • September 18, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    Come Get Your SSL/TLS Encryption and More, in This Week’s Wrap Up

    Open Source Wrap Up: September 12-18, 2015 Let’s Encrypt Issues First SSL/TLS Certificate. Let’s Encrypt is a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that will serve as a certificate authority that makes SSL/TLS certificate provisioning much simpler. The project will distribute free SSL/TLS certificates, which will simplify the process of setting up encrypted communications over the web; this is something many leading tech companies have been pushing for heavily in recent years. The first certificate has been issued to their own test website; currently it requires visitors to install an ISRG root certificate, but the project is working with IdenTrust, a certificate authority, to cross sign the project’s certificates. Once this process is finished, all certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt will be trusted across the web. The project will gradually roll more certificates out to pre-selected websites in the coming weeks before opening up the process to the general public on November […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 1 – 7, 2015 18F Releases Style Guide for Open Source Project Documentation 18F is a US Government organization inside the General Services Administration that helps federal agencies adopt modern approaches to managing and delivering digital services. They’ve worked on initiatives with the Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, and more to help them adopt modern technologies. A big part of the work 18F does is rooted in open source, and the organization has released a style guide for open source projects. The guide includes information to improve a project’s success on places like GitHub. It covers things like naming the project, writing repo descriptions, writing good README files, and best practices for using a wiki. The guide is full of great information about how to best help potential contributors through proper documentation. Check out the Open Source Style Guide here. US House […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: June 27 – July 2, 2015 Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced the launch of the R Consortium, a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the technical and user communities of the R programming language. R is an open source programming language used by statisticians and data scientists to extract value from data, and it is used by millions of researchers around the world. This is the newest collaborative project of the many that have been launched by the LF, which all focus on the promotion and development of their respective communities. To learn more about the R Consortium, visit the project website. Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2 is Released The Tizen community has announced the release of Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2. This release features a number of upgrades and improvements; most notably, major changes have been made to system security. The Crosswalk […]

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