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 205: FOSSY 2023 with Richard Littauer

    October 27th, 2023  |  17 mins 59 secs

    Richard delves into his evolving perspective on sustainability in open-source projects, advocating for a shift towards values such as human rights, joy, and mitigating harm.

  • Episode 204: FOSSY 2023 with Adam Monsen

    October 20th, 2023  |  16 mins 21 secs

    Adam showcases the value of self-hosting data and its benefits for small to mid-sized businesses. He also shares his free book to support tech authors.

  • Episode 203: What’s wrong with CVEs? Daniel Stenberg of cURL wants you to know

    October 13th, 2023  |  27 mins 43 secs

    Daniel discusses CVE issues, proposes fixes, and addresses concerns like DDOS attacks while Dan shares insights on NVD and improving CVE quality.

  • Episode 202: Ben Hutton on JSON Schema

    October 6th, 2023  |  37 mins 59 secs

    Ben explores how JSON Schema is shaping the development stack and its potential impact on various industries.

  • Episode 201: FOSSY 2023 with Josh Simmons

    September 29th, 2023  |  14 mins 39 secs

    Josh tells us about his newly launched consultancy with Julia Ferraioli called Open Chapters and his involvement with OSCON as a community manager, co-organizer, and program chair of the community track.

  • Episode 200: FOSSY 2023 with Stuart Geiger

    September 22nd, 2023  |  18 mins 19 secs

    Stuart highlights invisible work in open source, emphasizing the importance of documenting and valuing such efforts.

  • Episode 199: Ben Hur Pintor on BNHR and SmartCT

    September 15th, 2023  |  36 mins 43 secs

    Ben details BNHR and SmartCT's unique approach of using games to educate about open source and data concepts.

  • Episode 198: FOSSY 2023 with Aaron Wolf

    September 8th, 2023  |  20 mins 11 secs

    Aaron talks about Snowdrift's journey, challenges, recent milestone, and its current standing as a debt-free entity with a dedicated team.

  • 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.