Category Archives: Community

Open source development is often said to be mostly about communities: building communities of users and developers, and working closely with these communities to seek sustainable outcomes for the project.

Google Summer of Code 2014 is nearly here – are you ready?

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Summer of Code, a competition that brings  students and open source communities together through summer coding projects. Each year the competition gathers ideas for contributions from a wide range of projects and foundations, and invites proposals from students for tackling them. As well as the experience of … Read more

Commitment Gradients in OSS projects

In a recent training session, I discussed commitment gradients – how much extra effort is involved to move between each stage of involvement within a project.  After the session I was asked for some examples of commitment gradients and how it’s possible to make them shallower, so it’s easier for people to progress their involvement … Read more

Open Source Options for Education updated

We’ve just updated our Open Source Options for Education list, providing a list of alternatives to common proprietary software used in schools, colleges and universities.  Most of the software we list is provided by the academic and open source communities via our publicly editable version.  Some new software we’ve added in this update includes: SageMath … Read more

TYPO3 Communications Workshop

In November OSS Watch travelled to Altlenigen near Mannheim in Germany to run a 2-day workshop for the TYPO3 community as part of their Marketing Sprint Week. Across the 2 days, Scott Wilson and I presented sessions on the varieties of communities and why we form them, communication within online communities, governance of free and … Read more

What Is A Pull Request?

The concept of a software patch is well understood by users of version control systems such as CVS and Subversion, but with the recent rise in popularity of distributed version control systems (DVCSs) such as Git, a new method for submitting changes to a project has evolved: the pull request. While not a feature of … Read more

Releasing a new Open Source Project – BitTorrent Sync Indicator

BitTorrent, creators of the highly popular distributed peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, recently released BitTorrent Sync, a solution for syncing folders between machines based on the BitTorrent protocol.  BTSync provides a fully distributed and encrypted alternative to services like Dropbox where all your data is synced through a third-party server. BTSync has been released for Windows, … Read more