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The Linux Foundation released a report on Open Source Maintainers. They interviewed some of the community’s most influential maintainers to understand more about how maintainers become maintainers, and to capture their experiences, observations and success stories. Their research found that our technology infrastructure relies heavily on a few hundred open source projects, which represents a disproportionate percentage of software dependencies. The maintainers of those projects bear a tremendous burden as their projects are responsible for much of the global economy and disruptions to their projects can cause massive problems and outages. Some of them work alone, with little or no organisational support for their projects. The report covers areas such as how projects are growing their contributor base, governance and control, documentation, funding, diversity and preventing burnout. Read more about it at the Linux Foundation website.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast