Episode 28

Open Source and Companies with Nell Shamrell-Harrington

January 16th, 2018

39 mins 32 secs

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Open Source and Companies with Nell Shamrell-Harrington

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Guest

Nell Shamrell-Harrington: Senior Software Development Engineer at Chef, CTO of Operation Code. nellshamrell.com

Summary

What's it like to run an Open Source project as part of your day job? How does open source change when it's backed by a company? Why is it useful for a company to run open source projects? Nell Shamrell-Harrington, who runs the Habitat project for Chef is on the show to talk about open source contributing and maintenance. You'll come away with some ways to be a better contributor and maintainer.

Notes

01:57 - Nell’s History Working on Open Source

03:37 - Open Source Governance

07:07 - Chef, Having Community Discussions, and Handling RFCs and Contributions

13:48 - Being Involved in DevProgress and Campaign Volunteering as a Developer

20:57 - Closed Source vs Open Source Development

25:48 - Advice for Getting Started in Open Source and Emphasis on Defined Codes of Conduct

27:44 - Accepting & Reviewing Pull Requests and Being Clear on What Tools Are For and Looking For in Contributions

32:29 - Common Mistakes Among Contributors and Maintainers

34:55 - Keeping Open Source Projects Sustainable

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