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Introducing Sustain Weekly 🎉
Published on March 31, 2022 by Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

The past few months, we’ve been testing out ways to better document, share, and respond to what’s happening in the world of open source sustainability. At the end of each week, some of us connect to review current news on sustainable open source, share our takeaways, and brainstorm next steps.

With the Sustain forum back in place, we want to share summaries from our initial conversations and invite all of you to contribute! How you can join in:
  • Share links: Keep sharing open source sustainability news in this forum, or drop them in the #sustain-links channel on the Open Collective slack
  • Add your thoughts: We’d love to hear your insights or takeaways! Have an idea or want to run with an idea that came up? Let us know in the comments.
  • Join us on Fridays: We meet every Friday at 16:00 UTC (12pm ET / 5pm BST) Register here.
Here are summaries from our discussions in January. We’ll be sharing our February and March summaries on the forum in the coming days.

January 21st, 2022

The White House hosted a summit on open-source security. One question that keeps coming up: who gets invited to these events? Idea: Can Sustain make a directory of open source practitioners by domain (open source models, open source security, etc)? Then, the next time the White House is putting together an invite list, we can point to the domain-relevant list of open-source collectivists – practitioners who value a network-centric approach to this work.

Some personal news from an open source maintainer had us thinking: what happens when the BDFL of a popular open source project is gone? A foundation isn’t the right fit for all projects. Is there a lightweight way to ensure a project continues when the BDFL is gone? Idea: Could there be an “open source will” that bequeaths things like the domain name, ssl certs, twitter handle, trademarks to a beneficiary?

January 28th, 2022

In the wake of Log4j, we’re seeing big companies reaching out to maintainers and demanding answers. Dependency maps are becoming a liability. Who is grabbing the emails of maintainers?

Also reading: Acquia retrospective 2021 by Dries Buytaert


Jan 21: Justin Dorfman, Allen Gunn, Abby Cabunoc Mayes. Jan 28: Justin Dorfman, Allen Gunn, Richard Littauer.


We hope you enjoyed this summary and can join the weekly discussion tomorrow. We'll be using Zoom tomorrow, but we're looking into other platforms. Please let us know if Zoom doesn't work for you. Keep an eye out on the forum for our February and March summaries coming soon!