It’s hard to believe that three years ago today I was nervously preparing for my drive to Reading to pick up my laptop and have my induction training on the first day of my new job as Mautic Community Manager.
The organisations that partner with you to contribute to your open source project deserve recognition. But there is more to showcasing these organisations than simply adding a logo to your website.
Saying thank you is a great way to recognise and appreciate the time people have spent making a contribution to an open source project, but how do you actually do it?
Mautic has grown quite a bit since we first implemented the Mautic Community Governance Model in 2019. At our first ever Community Summit in Amsterdam that year, if you had told me that we would have increased our contributions tenfold within the next three years, I’d have had a hard time believing you.
With any Open Source project, once you have an established logo and brand you want a way to get that out into the world on swag for your community to proudly share, in a way that does not burden you as a maintainer. Here's how we did it in Mautic.
Like many Brits, English is the only language I speak fluently. I speak schoolgirl French, a bit of Welsh and a few words in German and Dutch. I'm eternally grateful that many people I interact with from around the world are able to speak English at a basic level, and that when I speak at conferences and events, I do so in my first language. But, for so many, that's not the case.
Last weekend I headed over to Brussels on the Eurostar like hundreds of other open source enthusiasts, for the first in-person FOSDEM event since the global pandemic.
On GivingTuesday, the Mautic project—an open source marketing automation platform—shared its intention to allocate part of its budget each year to financially support the other open source projects on which it depends, as part of the Back Your Stack initiative.
Having started to learn the flute three years ago and taking up piano during lockdown to help me with learning how to compose, I've increasingly been tinkering with open source digital audio tooling to record and tweak various musical endeavours.
Some time ago after complaining about the challenges of getting audio (and specifically MIDI) working under Kubuntu, someone happened to suggest taking a look at Ubuntu Studio - a distribution of Ubuntu specifically aimed towards creative folks.
Often as an Open Source project grows there becomes a need to allocate funding resources to specific projects, teams or initiatives. It can be challenging to do this in an open and transparent way, effectively ring fencing the funds for specific purposes.
Here’s how we achieved this with Open Collective, some of the gotchas we encountered, and how it’s working out for us.
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