#15 – Morten Rand-Hendriksen on Governing Open Source Projects

#15 – Morten Rand-Hendriksen on Governing Open Source Projects

Posted by WP Tavern on February 23, 2022 at 7:41 am
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On the podcast today we have Morten Rand-Hendriksen. Morten has a long history of working with WordPress, but that’s not the main focus of the podcast today. Today we talk about the way that open source as a whole is governed and managed, and his thoughts on the changes he thinks are needed. When open source software came into the world, the landscape was very different. Back then, there was no real clarity about whether the proprietary or open source software model would dominate. There was no indication that the internet would become such a crucial part of how we communicate, interact and shop. People gave their time because they enjoyed what they were doing and had high hopes about the world that they could build with their software. Fast forward to today and many open source projects are critical to the functioning of the internet. A small collection of people, sometimes an individual, might be in charge of a component which, were it to fail, would bring the web to a halt. Recent episodes have shown us that given this reliance on the contributions of open source community members, it’s important that we can turn to them for patches…

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