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From Johan Corveleyn <>
Subject Talk by Stefan Bodewig (Apache ant) on FOSS Backstage Micro-Summit Berlin, Nov 20th
Date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:52:32 GMT

Just thought I'd share this ...
I'm following some other ASF mailinglists and saw an interesting post
by Stefan Bodewig on the ant dev-mailinglist [1] "Topics for Talk at
FOSS Backstage Micro-Summit in Berlin". He starts his mail with: "I'll
be talking about learnings from 17 years of Ant and the challenges of
aging open source projects."

This somehow sounded familiar to me :-), which is why I'm posting it
here as potentially interesting to people in the Subversion community.
If anyone in the Berlin area has a chance to go there, on Monday 20th
of November [2], it might be worth it ...

Some excerpts from his Topics-mail that struck a chord with me:

* the power of user lists and the value of non-coding contributors
* dealing with "drive-by contributions"
* Aging project
... Finding new contributors becomes very difficult (and we may be
making it hard for new folks to join). Committers age as well, prepare
for losing them.

Subversion is of course a different project in a lot of ways, but
there are interesting similarities as well, IMHO.




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