Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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Open Source and Free Culture

03 Jul 2021, 16:45 p.m.

Researching The Leadership Gap for Legacy Projects

I've given a lot of conference talks recently. As part of the PyCon US Maintainers' Summit in May, I delivered an eight-minute talk, "Researching the leadership gap for legacy projects". The video is now available, …

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01 Jul 2021, 12:58 p.m.

Software Bill of Materials & the US Federal Government

In February, the United States's President Biden signed an executive order on the US's supply chains; he followed this up with an EO in May specifically concentrating on improving cybersecurity. To quote Tidelift's summary, "in …

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18 Jun 2021, 22:05 p.m.

Monday Will Be Volunteer Responsibility Amnesty Day

A few months ago, in my talk "What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy?", I told a story of an overwhelmed open source software maintainer. Every solstice is a Responsibility Amnesty Day, …

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07 Jun 2021, 17:28 p.m.

Sidestepping the PR Bottleneck: Four Non-Dev Ways To Support Your Upstreams

This is the textual version of my June 7 2021 online talk at Upstream Live: "Sidestepping the PR Bottleneck: Four Non-Dev Ways To Support Your Upstreams", 23 minutes. Video is now up. Intro Hi, I’m …

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22 May 2021, 19:25 p.m.

If You Give A Speech You Care About, Post A Transcript

When I give a keynote address at a conference, I sometimes commission* and post a transcript or a near-transcript afterwards (example). And sometimes I do this for non-keynote speeches (example); this year I decided to …

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19 May 2021, 16:49 p.m.

Upcoming Talks Plus Stand-up Comedy

In May and June I'll perform some comedy and I'll speak on open source management and investment! WisCon is going to be online this year, and on Saturday, May 29th, 7pm CDT/8pm EDT, I'll serve …

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07 May 2021, 10:23 a.m.

Upcoming Talks - Including A Livechat Today

As I just mentioned in my email newsletter: Today! I'll chat on Tidelift's Free as in Fridays livestream, May 7th at 4pm EDT/20:00 UTC, in a one-hour live conversation about open source maintainership and my …

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06 May 2021, 15:12 p.m.

What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy? Video & Transcript

In late March I spoke in the GitHub Office of the CTO Speaker Series (online): "What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy?" When I think about open source sustainability, I think about …

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30 Apr 2021, 16:36 p.m.

Recent Books I've Read

The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan -- about people in 1870 falling in love while figuring out how to encode Chinese characters for transmission on the first worldwide telegraphic network. It's like a "Landsailor" …

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13 Apr 2021, 19:49 p.m.

Python Packaging Tools: Security Work And An Open Position

Two exciting bits of news regarding massively improving how we package, distribute, and install Python software! First: a new grant. New York University (specifically Professor Justin Cappos) and I have successfully asked the US National …

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