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Open Source Office "The Open Source Office directs all open source efforts(compliance, data and standards) at Twitter and supports all initiatives related to our engineering outreach and contributions to the broader software community."
Open Source Review Process Simple, Comfortable and Audit-able Tools built on “JIRA Workﬂows”
Where? Default to GitHub Also see http://twitter.github.com
Licensing Guidelines: Outbound We prefer liberal licenses for adoption Default to APLv2 in most cases Prefer MIT license in front-end JS Compatible with respective community Clojure? EPL, NodeJS? MIT
Licensing Guidelines: Inbound OSI Certiﬁed Licenses Only List of Approved and Banned Licenses Motto: Trust but Verify Extra Scrutiny at Distribution Points Less Scrutiny Elsewhere... (NOTICE)
Development Guidelines Documentation README, LICENSE, CHANGELOG, ROADMAP, NOTICE, CONTRIBUTING Example code Communication There should be a mailing list, twitter account or a discussion forum Frequent Releases and Versioning Releases should be frequent and follow semantic versioning guidelines (http://semver.org) Deployment Releases should be easily consumable (e.g., available on maven central or rubygems)
Philosophy and Culture“Default to open, think about what to keep closed that defines your secret sauce...”
Community FeedbackMore usage translates into more bug reports andfeature improvements. This translates into morestable code and helps prevent costly issues appearing in production.
Attract TalentSmart engineers like to hang out with other smartengineers. Quality code will attract other smartengineers to move your company missions forward.
Better HiringWhat better way to find candidates than the ones who contribute to your open source projects?Consider this the best technical interview you can give a potential candidate. Plus it’s fun to look at their code in advance to review!
Retain TalentGreat engineers like working in the open and showing off their work. Sure, this may makethem attractive to other companies but these are the people you want anyway, trust me!
Reduce DuplicationWhen you open source code, there’s a chance thatsomeone on the inside or outside will let you know it’s been done in some way already. Embrace the new knowledge.
Modularization When open sourcing internal code (especially if itwas part of a larger code base), you tend to break it apart into smaller reusable and more maintainable pieces.
The Right Thing To Do These days, it’s very difficult to build anythingwithout benefiting from open source code in some fashion. Find ways to pay it forward as a “rising tide lifts all boats” in the industry.
War StoriesSome stories and lessons learned from the open source office
Story 1: Bootstrap The legacy of GPLv2 License: APLv2github.com/twitter/bootstrap
Lesson Learned? Liberal license helped spur adoptionDrupal, Wordpess, Jooma: GPLv2 legacy We made a mistake not choosing MITNow we’re migrating to MIT... it’s a PITA
Lesson Learned?Be diligent about communities whomay adopt your code even if using liberal open source licenses
Story 2: Twemcache The fun of forking... License: BSDgithub.com/twitter/twemcache
Lesson Learned? Avoid forking if possible. If not,reach out to existing communitiesbefore moving forward and making an announcement.
Story 3: Clutch.IOM&A and open sourcing... License: APLv2 github.com/clutchio
Lesson Learned? Open sourcing code from an acquisition could be a win,especially if you’re going to shut aservice down or do nothing with it.
Define Secret Sauce Don’t open source anything that represents a core business value. Define your secret sauce sothere’s a shared understanding that can guide company decisions. Embed this secret sauce within your culture and company.
Compliance in EngWhen’s the last time you heard engineers have funworking with lawyers? Treat open compliance asan engineering problem and have it live in the engineering organization with a well trained staff. Educate everyone. Balance risk and speed.
Facilitate Contributions Make it easy for engineers to contribute to outside projects with minimal bureaucracy.Setup simple guidelines and only be involved if legal issues come up (e.g., CLA)
TransparencyMake decisions around open sourcing code as transparent and accessible as possible. Awareness is great, you can also catch mistakes and duplication.
Blessed Repositories Have central repositories (e.g., Maven or RubyGems) for approved open sourcelibraries. On top of making life better for engineers, this makes it easier to scan for compliance.
Collaborate Join organizations such as FOSSology, OpenInvention Network (OIN) or SPDX. Work together with companies and individuals to tackle the problem of compliance.
Measure Everything Establish metrics and measure yourselfagainst them. Otherwise, how can you know what’s going on and how can you improve?
Conclusion Twitter ♥ Open Source Open compliance is important. Establish aefficient open compliance process that balances speed, risk and efficiency. Use or build tools to help make it easy and transparent.
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