78 episodes

The origin story behind the best open source projects and communities.

Contributor Eric Anderson

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The origin story behind the best open source projects and communities.

    Robust Observability: OpenTelemetry with Austin Parker

    Robust Observability: OpenTelemetry with Austin Parker

    OpenTelemetry is an open-source observability framework for collecting and managing telemetry data. OpenTelemetry has been more successful than expected, becoming the second fastest growing project in the CNCF. It allows for flexibility and avoids vendor lock-in, making it attractive to startups and large enterprises alike. On today’s show, Eric (@ericmander) sits down with Austin Parker (@austinlparker), director of open-source at Honeycomb.

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    In this episode we discuss:


    How Austin’s interest in complex systems led him to the observability field and developer relations


    An X argument that contributed to the merger of OpenTelemetry and OpenCensus


    Why foundations help maintainers to strike a balance with their contributors


    Austin’s opinion on the secret to OpenTelemetry’s success



    Links:


    OpenTelemetry


    Honeycomb



    People mentioned:


    Charity Majors (@mipsytipsy)


    Christine Yen (@cyen)

    • 35 min
    Never Build Permissions Again: OPAL with Or Weis

    Never Build Permissions Again: OPAL with Or Weis

    OPAL is an open-source administration layer for Policy Engines such as Open Policy Agent (OPA). OPAL provides the necessary infrastructure to load policy and data into multiple policy engines, ensuring they have the information they need to make decisions. Today, we’re talking to Or Weis (@OrWeis), co-creator of OPAL and co-founder of Permit, the end-to-end authorization platform that envisions a world where developers never have to build permissions again. 

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    In this episode we discuss:


    History of Permit and OPAL


    The benefits of an open-foundation model rather than open-core


    RBAC vs ABAC vs ReBAC


    Why developers would prefer to not have to deal with authorization


    Or’s own podcast, Command+Shift+Left



    Links:


    OPAL


    Permit


    Command+Shift+Left


    Terraform



    People mentioned:


    Asaf Cohen (@asafchn)


    Filip Grebowski (@developerfilip)



    Other episodes:


    Open Policy Agent with Torin Sandall


    Community Driven IaC: OpenTofu with Kuba Martin

    • 37 min
    Oxygen Deprivation: FerretDB with Peter Farkas

    Oxygen Deprivation: FerretDB with Peter Farkas

    FerretDB enables users to run MongoDB applications on existing Postgres infrastructure. Peter Farkas (@FarkasP), co-founder and CEO of FerretDB, explains the need for an open source interface for document databases. Peter also discusses the licensing change of MongoDB and the uncertainty it created for users. He emphasizes the importance of open standards and collaboration among MongoDB alternatives to provide users with choice and interoperability. 

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    In this episode we discuss:


    The epic mountain adventure that inspired FerretDB


    Why commercial open-source can be additive rather than extractive


    How compatibility and open standards drives innovation and competition


    PDFs as an example of corporation-supported standards


    Three tenets for building a successful open source project



    Links:


    FerretDB


    Percona



    People:


    Peter Zaitsev (@PeterZaitsev)

    • 33 min
    The Duke of SQLite: Litestream with Ben Johnson

    The Duke of SQLite: Litestream with Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson (@benbjohnson) is the creator of Litestream and LiteFS, two open-source disaster recovery solution for SQLite. Litestream is designed to provide continuous backups for SQLite databases by streaming incremental changes, allowing for easy data recovery in the event of a server crash. LiteFS, on the other hand, is built on LiteStream but uses transactional control to focus on replication and high availability. Join us as Ben discusses the challenges and trade-offs of open source contributions and the future of databases.

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    In this episode we discuss:


    The history of how Ben got involved in SQLite development out of “spite”


    How Litestream “works on a fluke”


    Different use cases for Litestream vs LiteFS


    Why fully open contributions isn’t always Ben’s style


    The greater server-side SQLite landscape



    Links:


    Litestream


    LiteFS


    Fly.io


    BoltDB 



    People mentioned:


    Philip O’Toole (@general_order24)



    Other episodes:


    The Social Miracle: rqlite with Philip O’Toole


    The Big Fork: libSQL with Glauber Costa

    • 34 min
    Rust Never Sleeps: Tonic with Lucio Franco

    Rust Never Sleeps: Tonic with Lucio Franco

    Tonic is a native gRPC implementation in Rust that allows users to easily build gRPC servers and clients without extensive async experience. Tonic is part of the Tokio stack, which is a library that provides an asynchronous runtime for Rust and more tools to write async applications. Today, Lucio Franco (@lucio_d_franco) of Turso joins the podcast to discuss his unique experience maintaining Tonic and contributing to the asynchronous Rust ecosystem.

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    In this episode we discuss:


    The challenges of async Rust and ways the community has addressed them


    Lucio’s plan on how to get a job in distributed databases


    How the Tokio team avoided power dynamics


    Problems around working on open-source in the corporate world


    Why Lucio encouraged a collaborator to go on without him 



    Links:


    Tonic


    Tokio


    Turso


    Tower



    People:


    Carl Lerche (@carllerche)



    Other episodes:


    The Big Fork: libSQL with Glauber Costa

    • 36 min
    The Social Miracle: rqlite with Philip O’Toole

    The Social Miracle: rqlite with Philip O’Toole

    rqlite is a lightweight, distributed relational database built on Raft and SQLite. Founder Philip O’Toole (@general_order24) decided to combine these technologies while working at a startup years ago. The startup no longer exists, but rqlite is going strong. Today, Philip is an engineering manager at Google, while he continues to be the driving force behind the open development of rqlite.

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    In this episode we discuss:


    The biggest misconceptions about how rqlite differs from SQLite


    Why writing databases is more interesting than new programmers might think


    The tradeoff between a large community versus smaller, more focused leadership


    Reasons why open-source development progresses in bursts of energy


    How to really pronounce “rqlite”



    Links:


    rqlite


    InfluxData


    dqlite


    Litestream


    libSQL


    Turso


    OpenTelemetry



    People:


    Ben Johnson (@benbjohnson)



    Other episodes:


    libSQL with Glauber Costa

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jonahgn ,

Seriously good

Seriously underrated show. Most tech podcasts don't get as deep as Contributor. Would love to see guests from an even wider variety of open-source projects!

Beach View ,

The best

Love this show!

8thofficeontheright ,

Great podcast

Always love a good origin story.

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