Open source has become more popular in China in recent years. Chinese engineers dived into the open source world and began to contribute to open source communities, but InnerSource is still new to China. Baidu, the Chinese search engine company, began to adopt InnerSource two years ago.
As the leader of this project, Tan Zhongyi details how this happened and what challenges Baidu faced and overcame. Baidu needed to set policies, define processes, and enable tools to support InnerSource, but most important, it needed to cultivate an open source culture. Now, many projects inside Baidu have been adopting InnerSource. Some of them have matured and even donated to the Open Source Foundation; for example, brpc has been an Apache incubator project.
Tan Zhongyi is an open source engineer at Baidu, working to drive open source adaption. He’s an open source enthusiast with nearly 20 years of IT industry experience. Previously, Tan was a committer of Mozilla and GNOME.
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