Generations of Open Source and what to do about it

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B304

Excerpt

Open source has moved from experimental to mainstream in the past 10 years, but has definitely changed the landscape in the last 15 years. Because of that, we have a few generations of people within the broader ecosystem, and they probably have no idea that all of these communities exist, much less the fact that there's a whole ocean of a open source technology industry out there.

Description

Open source has moved from experimental to mainstream in the past 10 years, but has definitely changed the landscape in the last 15 years. Because of that, we have a few generations of people within the broader ecosystem, and they probably have no idea that all of these communities exist, much less the fact that there’s a whole ocean of a open source technology industry out there.

We’re at a point where there are at least three different generations within the open source communities: founders, creators, compilers – we’re bound to have more. How do we move forward at the same time as we value. challenge and honor our past? How do we let founding principles guide where we go next, in a landscape that changes every five minutes?

I’ll lay out the three distinct generations that I see, invite collaboration/argument on how right I am, on where the future is, and maybe we’ll all get on the floor and draw a map. With luck, X marks the spot where we find collaborative approaches across these three(+!) generations, with an eye towards inclusion and longer term stability. What makes this a business talk and not a culture talk? Because I’m also going to talk about how companies fit into this ecosystem as well.

Tags

Open Source, generations, WORLD PEACE

Speaking experience

Open source community lead with personality. Currently feeding and watering GlusterFS at Red Hat. Previously: project manager with personality out of the Drupal and DevOps communities. SCaLE, LinuxCon North America, OSCON x2, DrupalCon x 3, OpenSourceBridge x4. This talk was previously given at CollabSummit in March 2016 and it was a blast.

Speaker

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