How ‘open’ should your open source be?
Boundaries aren't always intuitive for maintainers, but limiting contributions can be their healthiest option.
Highlighting the global impact of the open source community
The far-reaching impact of open source and its interconnected community touches every corner of the globe. These feature stories highlight the people and projects that power this important work and drive humanity forward.
Coding accessibility: Disability as catalyst for creativity
Faced with accessibility barriers, developer Paul Chiou turns obstacles into innovative solutions.
Open source is fueling the future of nuclear physics
This once secretive scientific field is embracing openness in a big way.
From gaming with your eyes to coding with AI: New frontiers for accessibility
With open source, developers with disabilities can contribute, collaborate, and participate like never before.
The modern web’s underrated powerhouse
It’s one of the most important yet under-appreciated building blocks of the internet.
What’s in a name? Moving GitOps beyond buzzword
An open source effort to define GitOps might save it from becoming just another buzzword.
What we can learn from vintage computing
Thanks to open source, nothing is ever obsolete.
Marie Kondo your software stack with open source
Mindfully consider each choice—and remember that simple is not necessarily easy
Open source is democratizing video game development
The evolution and future of open source games and game development.
Building the future of the command line
Open source developers are making the command line more friendly—and more powerful.
Don’t call it a comeback: Why Java is still champ
Far from dead, the perpetually-popular language is up to speed and ready for the future.
Functional programming is finally going mainstream
Object-oriented and imperative programming aren’t going away, but functional programming is finding its way into more codebases.
Decisions, decisions: Principles for making important choices in open source
Decisions are the essence of open source maintainership.
Chaos engineering helps DevOps cope with complexity
How open source is spreading chaos thinking.
What hacking AOL taught a generation of programmers
The open source ethos behind rogue AOL add-ons.
Astronomy community shapes their own destiny with Astropy
Astronomy is a software based field, and the community is building their own open source tools.
The secrets to onboarding new open source contributors
Mentorship and documentation are the keys to making open source a better place for everyone.
Open Source is enabling the "Tech for Good" movement
There’s a growing global movement applying cutting edge open source projects to humanity’s thorniest problems.
What we can learn from “_why”, the long lost open source developer
What happens when your impact outlives your code.
How Rust developers are making the web safer
The Rust programming language makes it easier to build safer software. What will it take to Rust All the Things?
How open source software powers modern filmmaking
From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.
Glia uses open source and 3D printing to enable universal access to medical equipment
From conflict zones to COVID-19 shortages, Glia is bringing medical equipment to those who need it most.
How open source maintainers keep contributors—and themselves—happy
It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about contributor relations.
You use more open source software than you think
It’s time to stop taking open source infrastructure for granted.
React’s greatest power may lie in its open source ecosystem
React changed the way people build apps.
How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation
Global Forest Watch uses open source to turn satellite imagery into actionable insight to save forests.
Open Source on Mars: Community powers NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter
Developers around the world contribute to historic flight.
How Python is building a welcoming community for women
The Python community is setting an example other open source communities can follow.
Creating opportunity for women in development
Now is the time to remake the workplace.
How open source maintainers can maintain balance in turbulent times
Open source maintainers are working harder than ever. Here’s how to maintain your passion during trying times.
How the open source community came together to fight COVID-19
As the pandemic raged, open source developers sprang into action to leverage data for the greater good.
How InfoSec pros keep open source safe—and how you can help
Security pros talk about what keeps them up at night—and what they’re doing about it.
Black voices bring much needed context to our data-driven society
Black communities are working together to democratize data and make the field more inclusive.
Veterans mobilize to help each other break into tech
Veterans face significant barriers to getting into tech. So they’re tapping their greatest resource: each other.
Coding is usually seen as a solitary activity, but it’s actually the world’s largest community effort led by open source maintainers, contributors, and teams. These unsung heroes put in long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities.
The ReadME Project is part of GitHub’s ongoing effort to amplify the voices of the developer community. It’s an evolving space to engage with the community and explore the stories, challenges, technology, and culture that surround the world of open source.
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