How IT Administrators get better by contributing to Open Source Projects

I’ve been asked to give a keynote address at the 2015 Cascadia IT conference.  For the keynote, I’d like to include stories of IT Admins’ contributions – large and small – and how they helped and how they were uniquely valuable.  Although I have a number of stories of how various IT admins (system, network, security, etc.) have contributed to my projects (Linux-HA/Pacemaker and the Assimilation Project), I’m looking for more – lots more.  This post is a request to send me your stories of how IT admins have contributed to open source projects in large or small ways.

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Let’s get some inspirational stories of how admins have been able to help in large or small ways with open source projects!

To tell me your stories, either email alanr@unix.sh or fill out the form below…

To help spark your memory, here are some categories I’ve seen where admins have really helped out with open source projects.

  • code (shell scripts, C, Java, etc)
  • patches – large or small
  • testing
  • test cases
  • documentation
  • evangelism
  • recommending the project
  • willingness to be a reference
  • retweets, likes, and other social media sharing
  • suggestions for features
  • ideas on how to do things
  • insight into what’s important
  • pointers to other resources – RFCs, web pages with solutions
  • suggestions on how to resolve an issue
  • feedback on what’s important
  • understanding of how a tool or feature is being used
  • user stories – business rationale
  • administering project servers
  • continuous testing, integration, etc.

 

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