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Wednesday, October 26 • 3:25pm - 4:00pm
The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make In Open Source - Bill Mulligan, Isovalent & Divya Mohan, SUSE

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“How can I get started?” is a common refrain heard from newcomers wanting to enter open source. This talk is the exact opposite - where you shouldn't invest your efforts while getting started. Being a new contributor to open source can be intimidating because you don’t know exactly what is helpful and what could hurt the community and frustrated maintainers. While a part of this gap can be attributed to the choose-your-own-adventure nature inherent to open source, there's already tons of material on how to get started technically. What nobody actually shines light on is the cultural dynamics. With this talk, the speakers aim to retell their experience and list common pitfalls almost everyone (including the speakers!) have made. This isn’t just about the right way to make a PR. The hardest, and most rewarding part, of any community is the people. The audience will learn how to engage in open source to ensure that the community they join will continue to be happy and healthy.

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Divya Mohan

Senior Technical Evangelist, SUSE
Divya is a Senior Technical Evangelist at SUSE, where she contributes to Rancher’s cloud native open source projects. She co-chairs the documentation for the Kubernetes project & has previously worked extensively in the systems engineering space during her tenure with HSBC & IGate... Read More →
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Bill Mulligan

Community Pollinator, Isovalent
Bill Mulligan is a cloud native pollinator and community builder. He has given talks and written articles about building the business case for cloud native. While at CNCF he restarted the Kubernetes Community Day program and worked to grow the student community. He is currently at... Read More →

Wednesday October 26, 2022 3:25pm - 4:00pm EDT
140 DEFG
  101 Track