When academia and open source collaborate, everybody wins. Open source projects get new contributors, professors get students with more knowledge and perspective about real-world software development, and—most importantly—students can get extra mentorship while gaining hands-on experience in their... Read more
The end result of your efforts will be a gradual increase in the number of like-minded people willing and able to help share the burden of providing help to those who need it. And isn't that community empowerment one of the reasons we all like open source to begin with?
When the National Cancer Institute funded caTissue’s development, it also managed the community, maintaining code, documentation, and forums. When funding was pulled and Krishagni took over, there was considerable uncertainty and turmoil in the community. Some adopters lost confidence and switched... Read more
There is no easy path to building trust between yourself and others. There is no gigantic easy button that you can push and–presto!–everyone trusts everyone else. However, there are always a few things you can to do improve your situation, and I would like to discuss one of them specifically.
Low-quality contributors don't bring much other than noise: they are a net drain on resources because other good contributors have to take time away to support them. Everyone should come to the open source community with a desire to find solutions, and then we can work together. If some need... Read more
March report: Opensource.com had 547,663 page views and 322,326 unique visits in February. Read more about the best articles from February 2015.
Too many of us who work with open source software in our daily lives think of ourselves as users, people who merely take advantage of these tools without considering ourselves as an integral part of the development process. That's right. By working with an open source tool, you're automatically... Read more
Samsung's Guy Martin talks about strategies for getting involved with—and earning the respect of—an open source community.
What truly defines any open source project, making it a unique entity that is different form all other open source projects? I would propose that there are three key elements of any open source project that frame, define, and differentiate that project from all others: the code, the community, and... Read more
Subhashish Panigrahi is an educator and open source activist based in Bangalore, India. Find out more about his work in open source in this Community Spotlight from Opensource.com.