Introduction to The Document Foundation’s setup as a German Stiftung
At OSCAL 2018 in Tirana I had the opportunity to give a talk about “The Document Foundation: The open, transparent and meritocratic future of free office software”. I’ll tell you what The Document Foundation is about, how it’s built and what our core values and principles are.
The slides are available for download (PDF file, 1,2 MB).
„The Document Foundation – The open, transparent and meritocratic future of free office software (talk at OSCAL 2018)“ weiterlesen
Why free software and the art of cooking have more in common than you may think
What’s probably the most stupid idea to promote the principles of free software without actually coding? Well, I might have a proposal for you: Let’s do some Open Source Cooking! We’ve in fact been doing that in Munich for the past eight years already and the idea behind it is rather trivial: “Why don’t we cook together with many others – like, 30 people?!”
The name Open Source Cooking has been used initially because the idea was grown during our regular Open Source Meetings. However, soon we realized that cooking and free software have actually much more in common than it looks like in first place! So let me make you hungry for more…
„What do open source and cooking have in common?“ weiterlesen
Why cooking and open source have more in common than you might think
At OSCAL 2018 in Tirana I had the opportunity to give a talk about “How to cook your own open source event?”. I’ll tell you why cooking and open source have more in common than you might think.
The slides are available for download (PDF file, 7,5 MB).
„How to cook your own open source event? (talk at OSCAL 2018)“ weiterlesen
How to import your SSL certificates on RouterOS with Let’s Encrypt using DNS-based domain verification
While MikroTik RouterOS supports creation of self-signed SSL certificates, Let’s Encrypt provides a convenient way to get validated certificates without costs or hassles. Unfortunately, RouterOS doesn’t support that mechanism out of the box yet, but with the help of a second machine and the DNS challenge validation, they can be created and imported fairly easy.
„Creating SSL certificates on RouterOS with Let’s Encrypt“ weiterlesen
How to create wildcard certificates with Let’s Encrypt using DNS-based domain verification
For the past months, I’ve been relying on Let’s Encrypt to secure my domain with a free SSL certificate. The setup is fairly easy and to me, they provide an invaluable service. Recently, Let’s Encrypt has announced support for wildcard certificates which makes the life of system administrators even easier.
„Wildcard certificates with Let’s Encrypt“ weiterlesen
How leadership in an open source community can work, in ten lessons learned
Many activities these days, be it sports, social work, arts or free and open source software, are organized in some sort of community. If backed by a respective legal entity, this not only helps with getting donations and entering contracts, but also puts statutes and rules in place that set forth the values and ideals all contributors share and abide to.
Inside these communities, there can be various roles. Some of them as formal requirement and with annual or biannual elections, e.g. the board of directors or the supervisory board, others within dynamically grown groups that can change frequently. Either of those are ideally composed of experienced and enthusiastic community members who take leadership and responsibility.
„Ten thoughts on community leadership“ weiterlesen
How religion and open source communities can relate to each other
Four years ago, I received concerns via private e-mail about religious views in free software projects and posted a statement about it on social media. Given it’s more relevant than ever, I’d like to share it again on my blog.
„Religion and open source“ weiterlesen
Some insight into my work as Executive Director
During this year’s FOSDEM, my colleague Mike Saunders has interviewed many LibreOffice contributors on their work and activities inside the project.
I’m proud of having been interviewed as well and I try to give some insight into my work as Executive Director of The Document Foundation.
Find the full video here.
I was heavily fighting with a flu during recording, but I hope I’m still understandable. ;-)
Some very personal thoughts on what the open source community means to me and why contributing can enrich your life
The following text is a translation of the German blog post I wrote earlier this year.
Everytime I tell my friends about my hobby which noawadays has also become my job I face lots of questions. A worldwide community? Contributors around the globe? An open source community? Can you eat that?!
„What the open source community means to me“ weiterlesen