Open Source

First-time open source contributor: Eric Light

Never contributed to a project before and like to know why you could or should? Here is an experience by a first-time contributor Eric Light.

Summary of First-time open source contributor: Eric Light

Thoughts from a first-time contributor to open source software In this article, we learn from a first-time contributor to open source. His name is Eric Light and lives in New Zealand. We came in contact via the Lynis project and I interviewed him to share his experiences. MB: Thanks for taking the time Eric. Can you describe a little bit about yourself? I started working with computers when I was eight years old, back when my uncle gave me an Apple 2e.

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How to promote your open source project

Do you run an open source project and feel that it can use more users? Even if you are not a marketing guru, these promotion steps will boost your project!

Summary of How to promote your open source project

Getting more out of your project (including more users!) Do you have an open source project, yet you feel that it could more users? You are not alone! Many other open source projects have the same problem. The good news is that with only a few steps, you can new and more active users. Time to learn how promotion can be done without the pushy tricks that marketing and salespeople use.

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The Non-Technical Changelog: Insights of 6 Months Development

The lessons we learned about open source during the last 6 months, while developing our security auditing tool Lynis. Apply these insights to your projects.

Summary of The Non-Technical Changelog: Insights of 6 Months Development

Lessons learned between our last and current release The Lynis project team is proud to announce a new release of our security auditing tool. With months of work and a variety of changes, we bumped up the version to a “zero release” (2.2.0). The technical changelog is included in the download. We consider it to be a stable release, yet ask all to test it first. Being the original author of Lynis, there is an additional background behind a changelog, which might be even more interesting.

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Why we use your open source project (or not)

Here are the most common mistakes made by open source projects, and tips on how to avoid them. Get more users with the right promotion!

Summary of Why we use your open source project (or not)

While ‘shopping’ for some libraries, it struck me how many open source software projects are suffering from basic mistakes. Well, mistakes might sound too harsh. What I mean are those things you find on a project, which could be better. They are usually things not considered by the developer, as we (developers) were never told about them. Doing 20+ years of open source development now, I can safely say I made many mistakes.

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