Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

How to open-source an internal project

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
11:00am11:40am Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 12 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone considering open-sourcing an internal project

What you'll learn

  • Understand the process of open-sourcing an internal project and why each aspect of the process is important to the project's success

Description

So your company is going to release an internal project as open source. Are you ready for your new responsibilities? You could just throw the code up on a forge like GitHub or GitLab, but it’s unlikely to receive attention or provide much benefit to the company.

Open sourcing an internal project requires a lot of thought and work. Releasing a project as open source requires changes to the development, build, and release workflow. This is not about the code per se; it’s the processes and infrastructure that surround the code that make the project successful.

VM Brasseur discusses what you need to know and what to expect before you release your internal project.

Topics include:

  • Identifying company goals for the project
  • Prerelease due diligence (licenses and code hygiene)
  • Community expectations and maintenance
  • Processes that need to happen in the open
  • Communication (internal and external)
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her twenty-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. Now, as the Director of Open Source Strategy for Juniper Networks, she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software.

She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available at https://fossforge.com.

Vicky is a moderator and author for opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, the former Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at https://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.