Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Tag
Open Source and Free Culture

23 Jan 2021, 6:36 a.m.

Advice From My Book Helps The Autoconf Project Assess Itself

A few weeks ago, I released a sampler from my upcoming book on rejuvenating open source projects: Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects. It's like a lengthy trailer in text form. You can get …

Read More
01 Jan 2021, 15:50 p.m.

New Free Ebook Sampler from "Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects"

I've written and released a sampler from my upcoming book on rejuvenating open source projects: Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects. It's like a lengthy trailer in text form. You can get this 38-page …

Read More
11 Dec 2020, 16:50 p.m.

Two Upcoming Sumana-Talks-At-You Events

Most urgently: You have just over 24 hours to back the Mermaids Monthly project on Kickstarter, supporting a fun, independent speculative fiction magazine for 2021. If you back at the $100 “Subscription, Pin, and Poetry” …

Read More
02 Dec 2020, 16:24 p.m.

Getting Autoconf Unstuck

For most of this year, Zack Weinberg and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project: to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial free and open source build tool that hadn't …

Read More
19 Nov 2020, 10:45 a.m.

Thank You

Today I finally fiddled with the Universal Access settings in GNOME to: make the mouse cursor bigger, and add a contrasting outline, so it's easier to see where it is add a visible alert every …

Read More
13 Nov 2020, 8:18 a.m.

Stand-Up Comedy Today

I'll perform 20 minutes of stand-up comedy about open source software today (Friday), 3:30-3:50pm PT, 6:30-6:50pm ET, at SeaGL [as I did at GUADEC]. Watch for free, no registration.

Read More
01 Nov 2020, 0:05 a.m.

Nonfiction Book Writing in November, and Daily Wordcount Posting

I am writing a book about open source maintainership. I had planned to get the book to editors/agents by the end of this year; I have made very little progress on it this year so …

Read More
28 Oct 2020, 17:29 p.m.

Short Story Recommendations, And Hobby Project Lessons

Recommending short fiction is important for discovery, and to help us talk about things we like (and not just criticize things we don't). Recently I've been posting to MetaFilter each day to recommend short stories, …

Read More
30 Sep 2020, 12:24 p.m.

Changes Coming To Pip In October 2020

People who deal with Python: Changes are coming to pip, Python's package installation tool, in October 2020. Please share this migration guide and our video with your circles. SHORT VERSION: I'm working on improving the …

Read More
17 Sep 2020, 12:36 p.m.

Some Followups From LibrePlanet 2017

I see that back in March 2017, I made a draft of some followup notes for my LibrePlanet 2017 keynote "Lessons, Myths, and Lenses: What I Wish I'd Known in 1998" (schedule description, video, in-progress …

Read More