Episode 170

Smera Goel & Dotan Horovits at FOSS Backstage 2023


April 25th, 2023

40 mins 26 secs

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Smera Goel | Dotan Horovits


Richard Littauer

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Sustain! On this episode, Richard is at the FOSS Backstage 2023 that is held in Berlin every year.

Today, Richard has two guests joining him. He meets up with Smera Goel who was featured on Episode 3 of our Sustain Open Source Design Podcast. Richard catches up with her and what has been going on the past year and a half. Smera is a Product Designer and an Outreachy Mentor for Fedora. She is also the Mentor Project Representative for Fedora, in charge of looking after the participation of Fedora in different mentorship programs such as Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. Smera works for a startup in Berlin that has some open-source offerings, and she got her job from an open-source design job board. Richard and Smera discuss mentoring mentors and mentees in the context of software sustainability.

Richard’s next guest is Dotan Horovits, who’s the Principal Developer Advocate at Logz.io. and he tells us about his own podcast called "OpenObservability Talks." He explains the dominance of closed-source vendors in the observability space, which has led to a siloed and vendor-locked situation. They also discuss how observability is important for cloud-based web applications and large production systems and how open-source projects should have an open door to the CNCF and how collaborations between different foundations can be beneficial. Download this episode to hear more!



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