In 2022, open source is becoming more and more of a household name. But for many years, open source was known as the scrappy underdog of the enterprise IT landscape. Open source has been around for decades in some form or fashion, but it wasn't even until the late 1990s that it was formalized with its name. You may have been using open source technology this whole time but didn't know it. In fact, the website you are currently reading is run on the open source content management system, Drupal. Your car, laptop, smartwatch, and video games are likely supported by Linux, an open source operating system.
Red Hat's annual State of Enterprise Open Source was recently released containing a whole lot of insights helpful for anyone growing a career in open source technology. For starters, 77% of IT leaders have a more positive perception of enterprise open source than they did a year ago and 82% of IT leaders are more likely to select a vendor who contributes to the open source community. This means that participating in open source is more important than ever before. Now is the time to advance your open source journey, no matter where you are. Here are a few resources to help you along the way.
Why contribute to open source?
- What motivates open source software contributors? New study finds people's reasons for contributing have changed since the early 2000s.
- 3 reasons to contribute to open source now Now, more than ever, is the ideal time to contribute to open source. Here’s why.
- 7 strategies for success when contributing to open source An author's experience with contributing to open source projects helped her land her dream job in tech.
Make your first contribution to open source
- 8 non-code ways to contribute to open source Whether you're a novice programmer, a seasoned veteran, or not an engineer at all, there are many ways to contribute to open source projects beyond coding.
- 6 ways to contribute to an open source alternative to Slack Join thousands who have contributed code, translations, documentation, and more to Mattermost, an open source messaging platform.
- 7 ways anyone can contribute to Open Practice Library Contributing to the Open Practice Library is a fun way to participate in a global community of practitioners who are all willing to share their knowledge and improve their own ways of working.
- How to contribute to Kubernetes if you have a full-time job You can work on the internals of one of the largest open source projects, even in your spare time.
Encourage others to contribute to open source
- Why your open source project needs more than just coders Developers alone don't create open source projects that meet a variety of needs for a long shelf life; it's time to welcome more roles and talent.
- 10 tips for onboarding open source contributors Making new contributors feel welcome in your community is essential to your project's future, so it's important to put time and attention into onboarding them.
Share your advice for contributing to open source
There are endless possibilities when it comes to participating in the open source community. On Opensource.com, our goal is to celebrate the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of the community—including yours. Your unique story inspires people from all over the globe to get involved with open source. Go ahead and send us your article idea!
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