Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

The life of a large-scale open source project

Jessica Frazelle (Microsoft)
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Open Source: From Consumer to Contributor
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineers and community managers

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to start contributing to open source
  • Explore tooling to help you succeed


Jessica Frazelle explains how to contribute to very large-scale open source projects and what it means to be a maintainer, covering in detail the intricacies of projects like Docker, Kubernetes, and Golang.

Topics include:

  • How to get more contributors
  • How to collect statistics about the project
  • Which metrics matter when analyzing contribution data for a project
  • How to use automation to take pain away from maintainers and contributors
  • Questions for new contributors who want to get started contributing to open source
  • The more painful aspects of company-backed projects and differing opinions
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Jessica Frazelle


Jessica Frazelle is a software engineer at Microsoft, where she works with Linux and containers. Jess loves all things involving Linux namespaces and cgroups and is probably most well known for running desktop applications in containers. Jessica has been a maintainer of Docker and a contributor to RunC, Kubernetes, Linux, and Golang, among other projects, and maintained the AppArmor, seccomp, and SELinux bits in Docker. She is quite familiar with locking down containers.