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Thursday, June 10 • 11:00 - 11:50
Rescue and renew: how to get legacy open source projects unstuck

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You depend on scores of open source applications, frameworks, and libraries. One hasn't released for years. Another is struggling with a big rewrite or a difficult maintainer.

How do you get a legacy OSS project unstuck? Especially if you don't already maintain it? I've done it and I'll share how.

I've helped get several legacy open source software projects unstuck -- expediting releases, unblocking volunteer contributors, gathering first-time funding, and more. I'll share success stories (one only took 15 hours of work), and I'll discuss the 5 major ways OSS projects get stuck (strategy, team, interfacing, workflow, and money) and how to address each. And yes, a contributor who's never worked on the project before can be the catalyst that revives it or gets a long-delayed release out the door.

You'll come away from this talk with steps you can take to rescue and renew OSS projects - regardless of language, framework, or platform.

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Sumana Harihareswara

Founder & Project Manager, Changeset Consulting
Sumana Harihareswara is an open source contributor and leader who has contributed to pip, GNOME, MediaWiki, Dreamwidth, GNU Mailman, and other open source projects -- and is working on a book to teach what she's learned along the way. She has keynoted LibrePlanet and other open source... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:00 - 11:50 EDT
Zoom Room 2