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You are not good enough (for Open Source)

A segment of the talk I gave at NAU on why you should contribute to Open Source and why you think you can't. Original idea credited to Matt S. Trout.


Updated 11/05/08 from Matt Trout: the version he gave at YAPC-EU 2008
 
 

The Open Source job market

The following is a segment of the talk I gave at Northern Arizona State University about the Open Source job market.

PostgreSQL Replicator developer meeting 10/28

With the recent open sourcing of Replicator, the team has been trying to come up with ways to ensure an open development process. In that light we have decided to have our first release 1.9 meeting on Freenode. All people interested in participating in a discussion about the upcoming Replicator 1.9 are welcome to attend. The current topics are:
  • New MCP architecture
  • DDL Replication
  • Release timeline
  • Questions
Replicator is set …

Replicator 1.8 Beta released as BSD

It took longer than we expected, but Replicator 1.8 for 8.1 and 8.3 of PostgreSQL has been released. It is 100% Open Source and of course, BSD. Replicator all your baby elephants here.

Thanks to all that helped with PostgreSQL Conference West

PostgreSQL Conference West was a big hit this weekend. It exceeded expectations of attendance as well as content. I would like to take a moment to thank the people that took time out of their personal lives to help make this conference a success!
  • Daniel Browning
  • Selena Decklemann
  • Lisa Drake
  • Josh Berkus
  • Richard Broersma Jr.
  • Tim Bruce
  • Rafael de Jess Fernndez Moctezuma
  • Lacey Powers
  • Gabrielle Roth
  • David Wheeler
  • Mark Wong …

On the morning of West, East 08 appears!

In preparing for West I decided we weren't going to go through the hassle we went through at East with recording. We ran out of tapes, had to borrow all the cameras, even used some digital cameras video mode. That combined with a lack of hardware to pull the video off of tapes caused content from East08 to be significantly delayed on getting to the web.

We purchased three cameras …

Pg Conference West: Last call for Lightning talks and tentative schedule released!

Lightning talks are an exciting way to get involved in the conference with very little commitment on the speakers end. Assuming you can stand in front of an audience for 5 minutes; you can speak about anything PostgreSQL or Open Source related.

Pg Conference West: Lightning talks!

While recently seeking feedback on the conference schedule from Josh Berkus and David Fetter I was asked, "Are there going to be lightning talks?". To which I replied, "What?". I know of lightning talks; in a similar manner of how I know of the existence of competitors to PostgreSQL. They are there in the background fog of consciousness while posing no perceivable threat but still trying to maintain their significance. …

WEST Conference shaping up nicely

Once again West this year is running on a truncated calendar. Registration is now open!. We had originally planned on announcing and organizing from June till end of conference. Unfortunately that didn't work out as planned and we are back on the 6-8 week time line. Nothing like Just in Time delivery! Not to worry though. West is shaping up nicely. We already have 20 talks and tutorials waiting …

PostgreSQL Conference: West. October 10th-12th Call for papers

The second annual PostgreSQL Conference: West is being held on October 10th through October 12th 2008 in the The Native American Student & Community Center at Portland State University. Command Prompt is sponsoring the 2nd annual West Coast PostgreSQL Conference. The conference is being held at Portland State University in Oregon. We look forward to seeing all the new and old PostgreSQL users alike. The conference is currently accepting papers …