About the show

Sustain brings together practitioners, sustainers, funders, researchers and maintainers of the open source ecosystem. We have conversations about the health and sustainability of the open source community. We learn about the ins and outs of what ‘open source’ entails in the real world. Open source means so much more than a license; we're interested in talking about how to make sure that the culture of open source continues, grows, and ultimately, sustains itself.

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  • Episode 181: John Robb of React Flow on how we ask for money in open source

    June 2nd, 2023  |  36 mins 55 secs

    John talks about React Flow, paying and supporting diverse contributors, establishing boundaries for a safe environment, and autonomy over endless growth.

  • Episode 180: Gregor Bransky at FOSS Backstage 2023

    May 30th, 2023  |  23 mins 47 secs

    Gregor discusses his role as a board member for the present policy of the Innovation Council Public Health, an NGO that developed digital tools to fight COVID-19.

  • Episode 179: Maintainer Month with GitHub's Martin Woodward

    May 26th, 2023  |  41 mins 50 secs

    Martin shares the story behind Maintainer Month, his role in supporting open-source maintainers and helping them succeed with GitHub, and strategies for setting expectations for senior management and funders.

  • Episode 178: Maintainer Month with Predrag Gruevski & Kingsley Mkpandiok

    May 23rd, 2023  |  37 mins 15 secs

    Predrag talks about being a maintainer and why he volunteers, emphasizing the community impact and the significance of mentorship; Kingsley shares his experience as a Nigerian UX designer in open-source projects, highlighting the challenges of onboarding designers and his inclusive approach to creating opportunities for them.

  • Episode 177: Lisa Caywood from RedHat's OSPO on working with code communities

    May 19th, 2023  |  37 mins 35 secs

    Lisa talks about the telco industry’s shift towards open source code, the importance of community health, and strategic alignment with Red Hat’s objectives in deciding whether to continue investing in a particular community.

  • Episode 176: Maintainer Month with Russell Keith-Magee & Uriel Ofir

    May 16th, 2023  |  34 mins 24 secs

    Russell talks about starting a code project and transitioning from an author to a maintainer; Uriel showcases Ma’akaf, an open source beginner community in Israel, and the importance of being serious, while also having an open-source party.

  • Episode 175: Serkan Holat on Agile Public Funds

    May 12th, 2023  |  41 mins 24 secs

    Serkan talks about the need to allocate funds to support and publish critical open source software, and about a tax proposal to do just that.

  • Episode 174: Maintainer Month with Bob Killen & Navendu Pottekkat

    May 9th, 2023  |  33 mins 48 secs

    Bob talks about the mentoring cohort approach the Kubernetes community has and the value of a defined contributor ladder to recognize and motivate contributors. Navendu tells us about his experience in contributing to building, scaling, and maintaining open-source projects and the importance of people focusing on balancing the code with the community aspect.

  • Episode 173: Nick Vidal & Masae Shida at FOSS Backstage 2023

    May 5th, 2023  |  37 mins 45 secs

    Nick tells us about the licensing issues related to AI, particularly regarding chatbot models like ChatGPT. Masae talks about how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are important for companies as they lead to higher productivity and innovation.

  • Episode 172: Maintainer Month 2023 with Sarah Boyce & David Blass

    May 2nd, 2023  |  38 mins 45 secs

    Sarah talks about her role on the review and triage team for Django, and why she contributes; David discusses community feedback and making better code with TypeScript.

  • Episode 171: Chris Baker & Stephen Jacobs on Open@RIT

    April 28th, 2023  |  40 mins 56 secs

    Stephen and Chris talk about their OSPO at RIT, how to help students deal with diverse incentives in open source and academia, and the importance of role diversity in software development

  • Episode 170: Smera Goel & Dotan Horovits at FOSS Backstage 2023

    April 25th, 2023  |  40 mins 26 secs

    Smera Goel of Fedora talks about mentoring mentors and mentees in OSS. Dotan Horovits of Logz.io explains the dominance of closed-source vendors in the observability space.