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Welcome to the New Community Team Manager

Stormy Peters It may seem like a lot of braggadocio when we talk about the talent that comprises the Open Source and Standards team. But seriously, the list of folks we have on our team reads like an all-star list of people who have been active in the free and open source software communities: Deborah Bryant, Ruth Suehle, Jim Perrin, Rich Bowen, Leslie Hawthorn, and Bill Simpson… these are just some of the fantastic talents we have working with open source and standards communities around the world.

But when we announce that Stormy Peters is about to join our team as the Senior Manager of our Community Team… well, you can forgive us for being even more excited.

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Join Us at FOSDEM!

fosdem Logo The Free and Open Source Developer European Meeting (FOSDEM) conference will be held once again in Belgium at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles on February 4 & 5, 2017. For those not familiar with the event, it’s the largest general open source conference in Europe—perhaps the largest in the world—taking place annually in Brussels since 2001. (And, if you want to get pedantic about it, you could say FOSDEM was born in 2000 as the OSDEM conference.)

The conference has always been an important one for Red Hatters, with our employees representing the community in several ways: teaching in the exhibition area, giving talks as part of the main program, organizing of FOSDEM itself and organizing Developer Rooms. This year is no exception, as you can see from all the Developer Rooms we’re helping to organize!

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The Right Tools for the Right Job

git Logo Much of what we do on the Open Source and Standards team is focused on community growth, on the premise that a growing community, by and large, is a healthy one.

Growing a community is never as simple as throwing out your code for the world to see and letting your code's awesomeness speak for itself. You can build the coolest application on the planet and still have problems getting people to help you with it, even if you have a sparkling personality.

We've talked about this before, when discussing onboarding. Onboarding is what we call the process used to get people into a community. That process can take many forms, and there can be more than one path into your community, but the key thing is having a process. Otherwise, you can have a project where you build it and no one comes.

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The Next Generation

LinuxCon Logo The kid was the western suburbs of Pittsburgh, strolling up to the Red Hat booth on day two of LinuxCon North America with his dad in tow. 17 and a senior at West Allegheny High School in Imperial, PA, this young man had an interest in studying computer science and had come to LinuxCon with his father to get the lay of the land.

At this point, you might think the story would be about how we walked this young man through all of the different education options Red Hat participates in, including our University Outreach and Red Hat internship programs, and he left with a glowing confidence about the open source future before him. And indeed, that is pretty much part of what went down: my colleague Tom Callaway spoke at length with this student about those very topics. But while Tom was shaping future minds, I also had an interesting discussion of my own with the boy's father.

I spoke to several students at the booth over the course of the week–more women than men, I was pleased to observe–and while they all do represent the future of open source, that designation was not just limited to them. Anyone can come into open source and free software development and find their passion there.

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Notes from Flock 2016

Fedora logo Fedora's Flock wrapped up two weeks ago, after a lovely week in Krakow, Poland. Here's an organizer's-eye view of the conference and some updates.

Overall, I think this was a great event. At least, the feedback I got from folks who attended was that it was productive and they had a good time.

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25 Years of Linux

Tux Later this month is the day traditionally used as the anniversary date for the Linux operating system, which got its public start with an August 25, 1991 post to the comp.os.minux newsgroup. This year, Linux will celebrate its 25th year of changing the world.

Linux has come a long way since those days in the latter half of 1991, and countless articles and books have been written about the impact of piece of software has had on the development of technology.

To get an idea of how fast Linux took off, think about the timeline of the first year of Linux's existence.

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Overcoming the Barrier of Language

Summit logo I have been fortunate enough to attend LinuxCon Japan this week, a conference of 350 attendees in the Bunkyo neighborhood of Tokyo that features strong tracks to keep developers and business people here in Asia appraised of all things cool and open source.

I was asked to do a couple of talks, one being on how community can have real value on the bottom line of a business and not just be an expenditure on an organization's bottom line. It went pretty well, and one of the questions afterward was very interesting.

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Red Hat Summit Community Track Day Two

Summit logo Wednesday was another fine day at Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. After a really fun keynote that included deploying a mobile game that something like 800 attendees played live, it was time for breakout sessions.

What follows is a nearly stream-of-consciousness grab of the highlights of the sessions from day two.

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Red Hat Summit Community Track Day One

Summit logo You might have heard that several thousand people have converged on San Francisco for Red Hat Summit at Moscone this week. One of the highlights for Summit this year (at least for me!) is the Community Track, part of the main Summit schedule for the first time this year. Missed it? Don't worry, there's more tomorrow!

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A New Release From Fedora

Fedora logo Today is the day that Fedora 24 has been released!

It's kind of a big deal at Red Hat, since Fedora is the upstream from which many things flow. So, as such, it's a community release that gets a lot of attention both within Red Hat, and without.

I actually had the opportunity to clean-install Fedora 24 Beta last week—not that I am some Fedora über-fan or anything. No, this was a necessity brought on by a dead hard drive. Thank goodness for cloud backups… one new drive later and I was installing Fedora 24 from a live USB.

The experience itself was nothing notable, in that I had enough bad experiences with Xconfigurator and snapping CRT monitors to still make my subconsciously twitchy whenever I do a full install. Silly, yes, but I was poor in those days. So "not notable" is high praise indeed.

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