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 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.

  • Episode 169: Dawn Wages of PSF on organizing communities, ethical licenses, and more

    April 21st, 2023  |  36 mins 45 secs

    We’ll hear Dawn’s journey into how she got involved with the PSF, where she falls on the ethical source divide as she dives into the AntiRacist Ethical Source License, which is her niche.

  • Episode 168: Pablo Ruiz-Múzquiz at FOSS Backstage 2023

    April 18th, 2023  |  24 mins 25 secs

    Pablo shares the history of Kaleidos, Penpot, and Taiga, and how and why they are entirely open source.

  • Episode 167: Paul Berschick & Oleg Nenashev at FOSS Backstage 2023

    April 14th, 2023  |  36 mins 58 secs

    Paul of Plain Schwarz talks about the development of Foss Backstage since 2017 and how it has grown over the years. We also hear about Oleg’s talk at FOSS Backstage, the public roadmap initiative in Jenkins, and how to make open source projects more sustainable and less fragile in general.

  • Episode 166: Thomas Steenbergen & Josep Prat at FOSS Backstage 2023

    April 11th, 2023  |  46 mins 7 secs

    Thomas talks about OSS Review Toolkit and the three important aspects of open-source software. Josep shares the importance of diversity in open-source projects, and the Plankton program at Aiven for people who want to do contributions in their free time.

  • Episode 165: Hugi Ásgeirsson, Silona Bonewald & Marco Möller at State of Open Con 2023

    April 7th, 2023  |  50 mins 31 secs

    Hugi Ásgeirsson talks about the differences and benefits between Open Collective in the US vs Europe. Then our next guest, Silona, dives into DE&I at conferences and how IEEE and SA Open help with sustainability. Finally, Marco shares how open source is helping sustain our environment, via EV Charging solutions powered by Open Source.

  • Episode 164: Derek Kozel & Abby Cabunoc Mayes at State of Open Con 2023

    April 4th, 2023  |  33 mins 23 secs

    Derek talks about all the uses for GNU Radio and how a 22-year-old project gets effectively run and funded. Abigail shares about the importance of maintainers and GitHub's role in helping.

  • Episode 163: Ana Jiménez Santamaría & Samson Goddy at State of Open Con 2023

    March 31st, 2023  |  38 mins 24 secs

    Ana Jiménez Santamaría shares everything she’s been doing for the past few months as the OSPO Program Manager, what’s going on with the regional working groups, what OSPOlogy is, and how the TODO Group works. Samson Goddy gives us the details about OSCA and the OSCA Fest 2023 coming up in June and a great project called Chakra UI, created by a Nigerian maintainer, as well as a collection of open source projects on GitHub created by Nigerians.