Rootconf 2016

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Bernd Erk

Bernd Erk


Working in and with Open Source Communities

Submitted Dec 15, 2015

Attendees benefit from leasons learned, failure culture, community work and paths to enhance working with others in a better way.


Starting an open source project is very easy, especially in the days of GitHub. Push your code and see if somebody is interested in. If you are able to gain attention and interest for you project you feel motivated and work all night long. But on the other hand, people will start complaining about open bugs, missing features and your evil or non existing website. Believe it or not, but this will pursue you until your last user dies.

One of the most important things for a successful open source project is to treat you community well. This talk will share some experiences made during the last 6 years with Icinga. Starting with basic concepts, it deals with tools and methods helping to increase and cultivate your community. It also covers internal organisation requirements for successful community work and upcoming challenges if you strike some new paths with your project.



Speaker bio

Bernd Erk is co-founder and community manager of the Icinga Project which began as a fork of Nagios. With Icinga and Icinga 2, the Icinga Project currently maintains two branches in parallel.

In his day job he is CEO at NETWAYS, a German open source service company. His technical expertise stretches across systems management, managed services and software development. As contributor to Linux Magazine and Admin Magazine, Bernd regularly publishes articles and presents on open source topics ranging from monitoring, configuration management to various open source datacenter solutions. As a core member of DevOpsDays organizers, he tries to spread the DevOps spirit wherever and whenever possible.



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