Free Software is funded by Free People

published 31 May 2016 in community

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More and more security incidents in Free Software projects get publicized in a way that anyone & their grandma understand the impact. Some of these carefuly crafted "campaigns" even make it to the main stream media. This trend, among other things, has sparked a discussion about funding Free Software to sustain the infrastructure everyone is building upon. A discussion which, in our venture capital driven tech world, mostly evolves around financing as a means for getting resources. Who can/should pay whom, to develop Free Software and how. I would like to add another view at funding, one that in my opinion has way more to do with Free Software ecosystem than cold, hard cash: collaboration of free people.

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10 Tips for Mentoring #FreeSoftware Development

published 16 March 2016 in community

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I believe that one of the most important tasks for a Free Software hacker is to bring new people with new perspectives, backgrounds and fresh ideas into the community. That's why I try to make contributing to my own projects as beginner friendly as possible, that's also the reason I frequently mentor people who take their first steps in developing Free Software with programs such as Google's, or Rails Girls Summer of Code.

Just recently I had the opportunity to implement a mentoring program (hey 101) for one of the Free Software communities I'm participating in (hey openSUSE) together with a couple of friends (hey Chris & Cornelius). That adventure required me to think about what I find important about the whole process. I'd like to share those thoughts with you. Here are my 10 Tips for Mentoring Free Software development.

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