For the past decade, I've been making non-code contributions to projects such as Bootstrap, Font Awesome, jQuery, Nginx, GNU Bash, and many more. I would be lying if I told you that there wasn't some stigma attached to it. A lot of developers think open source contributions only count if they come from a text editor.
Hate to break them, but open source needs non-code contributors to work. In fact, my most impactful contributions didn't require a line of code.
That is why I'm starting this newsletter. To encourage those non-code/technical contributors to make their mark in one of the greatest communities ever created.
The first tweet I ever had to mute. 🔕
“I believe this @xkcd comic is the greatest non-code contribution to #opensource in the past decade.” went viral 🔥
Geoffrey Huntley and Sustaining OSS with Gitpod
Geoffrey Huntley is a developer who also makes non-code contributions. Listen to him talk about sustaining open source coders using Gitpod, and how maintainers should ask for and use the money to fund open source!
KEDA (Kubernetes Event-driven Autoscaling) Maintainers on Non-Code Contributions
“I would like to say that this is super important, like not just doing the code as mentioned, but all the stuff around, it is very important to have like active project and the health, because if you don’t have the healthy environment around, the project was stale basically.”
Jono Bacon on Building Sustainable Communities
Jono Bacon, author of People Powered and long-time open source community builder, joins us to talk about how unique OSS communities are, and how to engineer them for impact
💬 OSS Government Representation
Remember the "$760 billion, not 1¢ going to Digital Infrastructure" tweet? Well, it started a small domino effect...
📑 Securing Open Source Software at the Source
Part of the domino effect...more TBA. In the meantime read and share this report!
🤑 curl reaches $100K raised on Open Collective!
Really happy to see this!
🪄 Wizards of OSS: Industry perspectives on open source software
“The community should be educating computer science students early on, encouraging them to become members or volunteers of the OSI, and providing more clarity as to what open source truly is and what it isn’t...”
That's all for now
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