Live: Rescue and renew a project
How to get legacy open source projects unstuck
Sumana Harihareswara is an open source contributor and leader who has contributed to pip, GNOME, MediaWiki, Dreamwidth, GNU Mailman, and other open source projects -- and is working on a book to teach what she's learned along the way. She has keynoted LibrePlanet and other open source conventions, spoken at PyCon and OSCON (past talks), and manages and maintains open source projects as Changeset Consulting. Her work has earned her an Open Source Citizen Award and a Google Open Source Peer Bonus. She lives in New York City and microblogs in the Fediverse and on Twitter.
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You depend on scores of open source applications, frameworks, and libraries. One hasn't released for years. Another is struggling with a big rewrite or a difficult maintainer.
How do you get a legacy OSS project unstuck? Especially if you don't already maintain it? I've done it and I'll share how.
I've helped get several OSS projects unstuck. I'll share success stories (one only took 15 hours of work), and I'll discuss the 5 major ways OSS projects get stuck (strategy, team, interfacing, workflow, and money) and how to address each. And yes, a contributor who's never worked on the project before can be the catalyst that revives it or gets a long-delayed release out the door.
You'll come away from this talk with steps you can take to rescue and renew OSS projects - regardless of language, framework, or platform.