Your project starts to get some traction. All sorts of requests start coming from various directions. Some people want to contribute changes, others just want their voice heard. How do you manage all of these interactions? On the puppet project, we've been experimenting with various ways of keeping everyone engaged and informed. Some have been successful, others not so much. I'll present what we've been trying, how it has been working out, and then open up to a bit of Q&A to discuss other ways of tackling some of the problems.
Many free software projects sorely need writers for documentation, press releases and blogging or experts on outreach, fundraising and volunteer management or a friendly pack of translators, but aren't sure how to get them. Non-coders do want to contribute to free software, but they need slightly different framing and like all contributors they thrive with the proper care and feeding. Tweaking your volunteer pitch, looking in different places, being open to different communications channels, and finding ways to appreciate folks will help immensely.
We all know the stereotype of the Linux geek, hiding behind the glow of their 30” high-definition monitors, disregarding all human interaction that doesn’t arrive via IRC or a mailing list. Many of us may even resemble that stereotype to a degree. And, let's be honest, at some point we’ve all exclaimed “This project would be great, if it wasn’t for those ^&#* users!”
Ever wanted to host your own public PC LAN Gaming Party, complete with contests and prizes, but don't know where to start? In this talk I will share my experiences hosting mid-size (about 30 players) LAN parties within my community. I by no means am a seasoned veteran, but I helped pull off two successful LAN parties in 2013 which have prompted monthly LAN nights at a local brewery and around the time of this session I will be in the midst of coordinating another mid-size party.
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Want to know what Microsoft has been doing with Linux and open source? Microsoft has been working with the open source community to build open and interoperable technology solutions across the Microsoft platform stack including PC, cloud, and phone. Today, thousands of open standards are supported by Microsoft and many open source environments including Linux, Hadoop, MongoDB, Drupal, Joomla and others, run on our platform.
Do you <3 logistics? Are you a self-described "cat herder"? Have you ever wondered how to encourage more contribution, boost non-code contributions, or strike a balance between paid and volunteer contributions in your favorite open source project? Join this session to learn about the universe of open source project management.
The Xen Project has been producing open source virtualization technologies for the past 10 years. It currently enables some of the largest clouds in the industry. However, decisions made on both the community and business fronts a few years back nearly caused the Xen Project to collapse on itself. Through a series of corrective actions, Xen is once again moving forward with major advances and a growing community. We will discuss some of the lessons learned from this experience, including lessons from both community and business vantage points.
Red Hat is the top commercial contributor to the Linux kernel, and one of the top contributors to glibc and the compiler toolchain, the GNOME project, X.org, and many other Open Source projects.
In this presentation, Red Hat's Thomas Cameron will discuss how Red Hat interacts with the Open Source community, from LUGs to JUGs to many of the projects Red Hat contributes to and sponsors.
Hey openSUSE users! Lets get together for a group hug! You'd be suprised how many openSUSE users are here at LFNW. Lets share some stories, solve some problems, and best of all, make some new connections.