The Document Foundation – The open, transparent and meritocratic future of free office software (talk at OSCAL 2018)

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).

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What do open source and cooking have in common?

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…

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How to cook your own open source event? (talk at OSCAL 2018)

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).

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Creating SSL certificates on RouterOS with Let’s Encrypt

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.

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Wildcard certificates with Let’s Encrypt

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.

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Ten thoughts on community leadership

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.

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Religion and open source

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.

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Interview on my role at The Document Foundation

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. ;-)

What the open source community means to me

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?!

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