We all rely on open-source for just about everything in tech, but the past few years have shown just how precarious most of the ecosystem is. More people need to know about how to both support projects they rely on and run their own projects more sustainably.
While open-source sustainability has been a common topic in the hallways tracks and dev channels of major projects for years, the Heartbleed vulnerability in 2014 catapulted the topic in to the spotlight. Since then we’ve seen many discussions about how open-source should be supported for the long term, but rarely much action beyond a few token donations and some long Twitter threads. In this talk we’ll look at an overview of what kinds of projects are out there, how sustainability works in real terms, and what techniques have worked or not worked over the years.
Watch 'Consumption is Fractal: Open Source Sustainability' on PyCon AU's YouTube account
Noah Kantrowitz is a web developer turned infrastructure automation enthusiast, and all around engineering rabble-rouser. By day he maintains open-source projects in the DevOps world and by night he makes candy and stickers. He is an active member of the Chef community, and enjoys merge commits, cat pictures, and beards.