community building

The Linux kernel community learns how to grow more penguins

Linux and open source communtiies

The Linux kernel is one of the largest and most successful open source projects today.

report from the Linux Foundation addressing Who Writes Linux (2013) shows that recent releases of the Linux kernel, that happen now at 70-days intervals, include over 10,000 patches, made by more than 1,100 developers, representing over 225 corporations.

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Mailing lists: Community or communication?

Core purpose

Mailing lists seem to be the life blood of many open source projects. Here at Red Hat, there seems to be a mailing list for everything. There’s a company-wide memo-list to foster collaboration and connect with colleagues around the world and many special interest mailing lists like our home beer brewing list. Which got me thinking, are mailing lists only a way to communicate or are they essential to community building? » Read more

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WEBCAST: Register now for "Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open source communities"

WEBCAST: Register now for "Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open s

Join us for an Open Your World Forum webcast to explore how Linux and Drupal have evolved as two thriving open source communities competing in the enterprise world. Our guests, Michael Tiemann, Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, and Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Acquia will share their personal stories and perspectives on how they lead their respective communities through the social and cultural turning points and the lessons they learned along the way. Chris Grams, partner and president of New Kind and author of The Ad-Free Brand will moderate. » Read more

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Fixing your community one click at a time

Fixing your community one click at a time

No matter where you live or how big your community is, you probably see a few things that could be improved. Maybe you don't know who to call or email. Perhaps you think someone else will report it (or already has). Those unknowns go away with a simple technology that eliminates anxiety and empowers everyday citizens to improve their community. » Read more

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I can't bake croissants: a fable on project documentation

Hi! I'm Mel. When I'm not doing Free Software and Open Source stuff, I'm a learning psychology geek. One of the questions I get asked a lot by fellow FOSS hackers is: Mel! Why don't people help me with my project? » Read more

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This one goes out to the fence painters

I’m always looking for interesting new communities to highlight here on opensource.com. Over the past year, I’ve covered everything from Wikipedia to OpenIDEO to The White House and am, frankly, overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of new community-building efforts going on out there.

Seems like every day I get an email or see something on Twitter or Facebook about a new community that sounds interesting and innovative. I’ve found some amazing people and visionary ideas. I hope to continue to highlight the best of these new communities here on the business channel. » Read more

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Six ways to build a solid community

Recently, fellow opensource.com writer Chris Grams remarked that our collection of articles and tips on community-building was getting rather large. Perhaps we had the material to write a set of best practices for building communities. So here’s my stab at it. » Read more

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Ben Brown on open source journalism, PeoplePods, and parties

Build a community by throwing a big party. Straight-up advice from Ben Brown, cofounder of the product design firm, XOXCO, Inc. And that's just one little nugget of information about online community-building that Ben is sharing. He's got 15 years of experience doing this, so get ready to take notes.

Brown is a software designer and a veteran of many online communities. He's been building websites since the mid-1990's and mixing it up with social media since before it was called social media. You could say he's a pioneer in community-building. Now he's using his experience to build a toolkit called Peoplepods--that might just redefine the future of community sites.

Do you want to know what the future of online community looks like? Me too. We asked Ben for his thoughts. » Read more

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Micki Krimmel: NeighborGoods, community building, and open source dating

Open source dating you say? We'll get there. First things first, what an impressive resume. I discovered Micki Krimmel on Twitter (@Mickipedia) and was immediately impressed by her breadth of experience in community building.

Micki Krimmel Founder & CEO, NeighborGoods.net

Krimmel is the founder and CEO of NeighborGoods.net, a community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your neighbors. She has almost a decade of experience in building online communities. It started at Participant Media, where she helped build an online community for Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth."

What I realized as I started to learn more about Micki's work was that she's been doing things the open source way for about as long as I have--she just doesn't call it that. Krimmel is talking about participation and humility in a different context, but it means the same thing. Let's find out more. » Read more

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Evaluating TEDx as a brand strategy

A big part of my day job is to help organizations with their brand positioning and strategy (I also write about brand strategy quite a bit over here).

So when I read the article in the New York Times this past Sunday about TEDx, the relatively new (and incredibly popular) offshoot of the legendary TED conference, I thought it might be a good opportunity to take a closer look. The issue? » Read more

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