23-28 August 2019
Europe/Athens timezone

About Maintainers and Contributors

24 Aug 2019, 14:30
Non-Technical Project Organisation and Governance


Georges Basile Stavracas Neto (Endless Foundation)


We go to great lengths to ensure a consistent and smooth experience to those who use GNOME, but do we do the same for those who make it?

This talk is about the multitude of challenges, joys, glooms, and routine of being a GNOME application maintainer. The idea came after writing about being a free software maintainer [1], and observing the massive repercussion it had. Turns out, we barely talk about how we maintainers feel, the challenges we face but are lost amidst bug trackers, merge requests, and IRC conversations.

The talk will be done in 3 parts:

Very brief overview about my trajectory from a user to a contributor to a maintainer;
The different situations that happen after becoming a maintainer
Potential strategies for dealing with the maintainership struggles 
The tone of the talk, however, is less about giving answers, and more about exposing situations, sharing stories and struggles, and opening a safe space to talk about it. Non-maintainers will have the chance to look and appreciate what does it take to be a maintainer.

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