The demand for productivity software seems to be endless, and as new products and paradigms for digital documents arise seemingly every month, one Open Source app holds on to a sizable marketshare of at least 150 million users. I refer, of course, to LibreOffice and derivative solutions (of which there are many), which is Governed and published by a German non-profit organisation named The Document Foundation.… Read the rest
Personal stats from 4 years at phpList
As announced today on phpList.org, soon I shall be leaving phpList.
For fun, here are some geeky statistics from my last four years leading the company:
- Total emails sent from ‘sam at phplist dot com’: 5,070 (instant messages discluded)
- My total commits across 21 phpList repositories: 1,726
- My participation in the phpList community forum: 502 days interacted, 932 topics read, 701 posts created
- Weekly all-hands meetings led: 200 (out of 205 weeks)
Note to self: code/hack less!
Introduction to Open Source presentation updated
We had some new starters join phpList recently, and as is sometimes the case, they did not have a long history with Open Source or a rock solid grasp of its heritage. Therefore I dusted off an old slide deck which I last used in a speech in 2012 in Liverpool, when I was recovering from a car accident (hence the black eye and crutches).… Read the rest
Open Source Underdogs Podcast Interview
It turns out that there’s a fascinating interview series which has interviewed tens of Open Source business leaders (a rare and rarely colocated breed), called Open Source Underdogs. The host and producer is a new friend of mine, Mike Schwartz — CEO at Gluu.… Read the rest
Open Source Product Development: from research to release
Later this month I will be speaking at the OSCAL 2019 conference about Open Source product development. Here’s the abstract:
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In 1974 Fred Brooks argued that an app requires nine times extra work to take it from merely being functional, to being a usable product.