Community tidbits

How to keep free software projects happy and healthy


Open source communities, when they have reached a certain size, face their very own set of challenges.

In the virtual world, timezones, language barriers and dealing with many e-mails can become a burden. In the real world, the organization of travels to project meetings, the planning of annual conferences in an easy to reach location, and even the shipment of gadgets around the globe turn out to be quite demanding.

While free software projects might have the same diversity and outreach as large organizations, they often have not the same resources at hand as established corporations. They need to be a bit more creative – but luckily, that’s in their DNA!

In the spirit of sharing knowledge openly, this talk intends to give some real-life examples of challenges your community may face, unexpected situations you might run into and how to solve them – sometimes in unconventional ways.