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

You can teach an old dog new tricks: Moving from proprietary to open source

Petra Sargent (Red Hat)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Level: Beginner
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Software developer managers, hiring managers, team leads, and open source beginners

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with software development methodologies

What you'll learn

  • Learn best practices for transitioning to an open source development environment


It’s possible for an old dog to learn new tricks. You can also teach a proprietary developer how to learn and love open source.

Transitioning to an open source development environment can be daunting. There are challenges like understanding the open source culture and learning new tools and a new way of collaborating. However, the move is much easier than it looks. Petra Sargent shares best practices for navigating the challenges and embracing the culture shift.

Topics include:

  • The challenges developers encounter when transitioning to an open source culture
  • How to see those challenges as opportunities
  • How to reorient a proprietary development mindset to the open source model
  • Ways to quickly contribute in the open source environment so you can build your reputation in the community and learn the project faster
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Petra Sargent

Red Hat

Petra Sargent is a technical writer for the Developers Tools Group at Red Hat. Petra is passionate about creating quality technical documentation. She has over 17 years’ experience in proprietary software development. Petra became involved in the OpenStack community through Outreachy, has attended two OpenStack summits, and cochaired the Getting Started track for the summit in Barcelona. She has also spoken at All Things Open.