Corporate Open Source Fail*
What makes companies with good intentions fail so miserably at open source? How can we (as engineers and managers) influence our bosses to "do the right thing"?
“We’ll just make a new open source community.”
“You can fix up that code later.”
“It’s taking too long to get this upstream.”
Many companies have good intentions of being productive open source citizens. However, those good intentions often get thrown under the bus when product deadlines or legal issues loom. This talk will walk through a series of common corporate open source pitfalls and the executive and manager thinking behind those decisions. We’ll discuss ways engineers and managers can develop empathy for their corporate overlord’s needs, in order to convince them to change their strategies around open source.
There will be Dilbert references.
2007: OSCON "usbfs2: A new USB userspace to kernel interface"
2008: Ignite Portland "Open Source Rockets" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYLIYab6-OY
2009: Open Source Bridge "Advanced Git Tutorial"
2010: Linux Conf Australia "Superspeed Me: USB 3.0 for Linux"
2010: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre "Intro to USB 3.0"
2011: Linux Conf Australia "Growing Food with Open Source"
2013: Keynote panel at LinuxCon North America "Linux Kernel Developer Roundtable"
2014: Linux Conf Australia "Vampire Mice: How USB power management impacts you"
2014: Moderator for panel at LinuxCon North America "Linux Kernel Internship Report Out"
2014: Presented to students at University of Waterloo “Breaking into Open Source and Linux: A USB 3.0 Success Story”
2016: Keynote at SCALE "Improving Diversity with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs"
Sarah Sharp is a Linux graphics developer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read webcomics with Comic Rocket, garden, practice amateur photography, and participate in fandom communities. Sarah co-coordinates Outreachy, a program to provide paid 3-month internships for people traditionally underrepesented in technology to work on open source. http://www.outreachy.org