Request For Commits

Request For Commits

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Exploring different perspectives in open source sustainability. It’s about the human side of code. 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.
BONUS – Behind the Scenes of Season 1 and 2
Dec 22, 2016 • 48 min
In this special episode of Request For Commits we close out the first season with a look behind the scenes of the show. We talked about how the show was formed, who’s involved and why, how we approach producing this show, our theme music, as well as our…
11: Funding the Web with Brendan Eich
Nov 22, 2016 • 74 min
Brendan Eich, founder of Brave and creator of JavaScript, joined the show to talk about the history of the web, how it has been funded, and the backstory on the early browser wars and emerging monetization models. We also talked about why big problems are…
10: Finding New Contributors with Charlotte Spencer
Nov 15, 2016 • 67 min
Charlotte Spencer joined the show to talk about making open source more approachable, Your First PR, helping people make their first open source contribution, attracting new contributors, and what projects can do to bring in, retain, and communicate with…
9: Open Source & Licenses with Heather Meeker
Nov 4, 2016 • 68 min
Heather Meeker joined the show to talk about open source licensing, why open source licenses are historically significant, how much developers really need to know, and how much developers think they know. We also talk about mixing commercial and open…
8: Open Source and Business with David Cramer & Isaac Schlueter
Oct 18, 2016 • 61 min
David Cramer (CEO of Sentry) and Isaac Schlueter (CEO of npm) joined the show to talk about building businesses in open source, why they decided to turn their side projects into full-time work, how they experimented with finding steady sources of revenue,…
7: Liberal Contribution and Governance Models with Rod Vagg
Sep 8, 2016 • 78 min
On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal talk with Rod Vagg, Chief Node Officer at NodeSource, about liberal contribution agreements and the underlying mechanics of liberal contribution management, how to level up casual contributors, how projects transition into…
6: Grant Funding: What Happens When You Pay for Open Source Work? with Max Ogden
Sep 1, 2016 • 74 min
On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal talk with Max Ogden, creator of Dat, an open source, decentralized tool for distributing data sets. Max has also done a lot of work in the Node.js ecosystem, including helping start NodeSchool and publishing hundreds of…
5: Documentation and the Value of Non-Code Contributions with Eric Holscher
Aug 25, 2016 • 66 min
On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Eric Holscher to discuss non-code contributions, how they are regarded in open source culture, their value, and how to incentivize this type of work. They also talked about how Read the Docs grew a…
4: Building Communities with Jan Lehnardt
Aug 18, 2016 • 59 min
On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Jan Lehnardt to discuss the value of building communities to reduce burden on maintainers and create sustainable projects, how communities help grow a project, and contributor models.
3: Measuring Success in Open Source with Andrew Nesbitt and Arfon Smith
Aug 11, 2016 • 73 min
On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Andrew Nesbitt and Arfon Smith to talk about open source metrics, and how to interpret data around dependencies and usage. They talked about what we currently can, and can not measure in today’s open source…
2: Open Source, Then and Now (Part 2) with Karl Fogel
Aug 4, 2016 • 64 min
Nadia Eghbal and Mikeal Rogers kick off Season 1 of Request For Commits with a two part conversation with Karl Fogel — a software developer who has been active in open source since its inception.
1: Open Source, Then and Now (Part 1) with Karl Fogel
Aug 4, 2016 • 76 min
Nadia Eghbal and Mikeal Rogers kick off Season 1 of Request For Commits with a two part conversation with Karl Fogel — a software developer who has been active in open source since its inception.