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 197: FOSSY 2023 with Joe Castle

    September 1st, 2023  |  19 mins 42 secs

    Explore Joe's insights on corporate open source motivations and sustainability, and SAS's balance of financial incentives with community engagement.

  • Episode 196: FOSSY 2023 with Vagrant Cascadian

    August 25th, 2023  |  14 mins 30 secs

    Vagrant walks us through his role at Reproducible Builds and how its mission changes the face of Linux distros, Arch Linux, openSUSE, and F-Droid.

  • Episode 195: FOSSY 2023 with Denver Gingerich

    August 18th, 2023  |  17 mins 3 secs

    Denver discusses JMP's goal to make phone numbers as flexible as emails, his role at Software Freedom Conservancy, and software compliance controversies.

  • Episode 194: FOSSY 2023 with Timmy Barnett & Devin Ulibarri

    August 11th, 2023  |  16 mins 34 secs

    Devin and Timmy discuss Music Blocks, a creative software for music education, enabling exploration of concepts and composition from scratch.

  • Episode 193: FOSSY 2023 with Matthew Wild & Stephen Paul Weber

    August 4th, 2023  |  16 mins 32 secs

    Matthew discusses Snikket, improving XMPP for friendly communication while Stephen presents JMP, easing transitions from other platforms using XMPP.

  • Episode 192: FOSSY 2023 with Erik Benner

    July 28th, 2023  |  17 mins 21 secs

    Erik of Mythics discusses the challenges of transitioning open-source software to government departments and the need for technical and cultural support in sustaining open source in the public sector.

  • Episode 191: FOSSY 2023 with Sam Whited

    July 21st, 2023  |  15 mins 25 secs

    Sam delves into the sustainability challenges faced by Mellium and similar projects, and his advocacy for support from larger companies and well-funded open-source initiatives.

  • Episode 190: Karen M. Sandler on Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC)

    July 7th, 2023  |  38 mins 19 secs

    Karen discusses her SFC role, Copyleft licenses' significance, diversity initiative called Outreachy & her personal defibrillator pacemaker encounter, stressing the necessity for greater technological control.

  • Episode 189: Otto Richter on Codeberg

    June 30th, 2023  |  37 mins 16 secs

    Otto dives into Codeberg's financial model, user sovereignty commitment, unique open-source hosting approach, and the challenges & triumphs running a tech nonprofit.

  • Episode 188: Maintainer Month with Ruth Cheesley & Josh Goldberg

    June 27th, 2023  |  36 mins 56 secs

    Ruth reveals her project on Mautic's sustainability & the impact of transparency & empowering leaders in the Mautic community. Josh talks about boosting developer efficiency & advocating fair compensation.

  • Episode 187: Karthik Ram on Research Software Sustainability

    June 23rd, 2023  |  41 mins 38 secs

    Karthik dives into his involvement with URSSI, focusing on software development best practices while highlighting the challenges of scientific software sustainability.

  • Episode 186: Yan Minagawa & Christian Paul at FOSS Backstage 2023

    June 20th, 2023  |  22 mins 49 secs

    Yan and Christian talk about what the Matrix Project is, their roles in the project, and how they are involved in organizing meetups and podcasts about the Matrix.