21 episodes

Request For Commits explored different perspectives in open source sustainability (retired). Hosts Nadia Eghbal and Mikeal Rogers dive deep into the trials and tribulations of being an open source maintainer, building communities, and navigating the business side of software. Common topics include software licensing, copyright, documentation, governance models, funding platforms such as Open Collective, Kickstarter, etc., measuring success, and more.

Request For Commits Changelog Media

    • Technology
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Request For Commits explored different perspectives in open source sustainability (retired). Hosts Nadia Eghbal and Mikeal Rogers dive deep into the trials and tribulations of being an open source maintainer, building communities, and navigating the business side of software. Common topics include software licensing, copyright, documentation, governance models, funding platforms such as Open Collective, Kickstarter, etc., measuring success, and more.

    Finale, thank you!

    Finale, thank you!

    In this finale episode of Request For Commits – we regroup to discuss how we got here, lessons learned, community impact, and where the conversations around open source sustainability are taking place now and in the future. This might be the end of this podcast, but the conversation will continue on The Changelog. You should subscribe if you’re not already.

    • 42 min
    Design, software, and open source

    Design, software, and open source

    Lauren McCarthy joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss her work on p5.js, contributions and culture, her before and after take on open source, her path to becoming a maintainer, how p5.js gets new contributors, how they keep them around, and why design isn’t better represented in open source.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Maintaining a popular project and sponsored time

    Maintaining a popular project and sponsored time

    Henry Zhu joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss his work on Babel, how he became and accidental maintainer, why he thinks maintainers aren’t special, paid open source work, the Babel brand, and building community.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Experiments and the Economics of Open Source

    Experiments and the Economics of Open Source

    Daniel Bachhuber joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss his work on wp-cli, the economics, origins, staying productive as a maintainer, fund raising, and the state of wp-cli today.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Open Source History, Foundations, Sustainability

    Open Source History, Foundations, Sustainability

    Danese Cooper joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss the history of open source, how the term became a thing via Tim O’Reilly, feeling empowered as an open source contributor, companies’ relationship to open source, foundations and their role (or not) in governance and sustainability.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Maintaining a Popular Project and Managing Burnout

    Maintaining a Popular Project and Managing Burnout

    Christopher Hiller joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss the ups and downs of maintaining Mocha - a JavaScript test framework that runs on Node.js and in the browser. Discussions included maintaining a popular project, getting funding, the challenges of having money, raising the profile of a project, focusing on the needs of a community, and managing burnout.

    • 58 min

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

RandomSteve ,

Important conversations!

Thanks for having these really vital conversations about open source and sustainability out in the open. Fascinating.

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