What Matters, Episode 24: Open Source, Safety & Maintainer Blues with Penelope Phippen

We often praise the greatness of open source technology and skirt some of the less visible issues while focusing exclusively on the incredible aspects of the communities we’re part of. 

But what is life like for solo maintainers? What expectations can we set on people writing code on nights and weekends — folks who have other aspects to their lives? And what can we do to ensure vulnerable people stay safe in open source?

What Matters, Episode 24: Open Source, Safety & Maintainer Blues

In this episode of What Matters, we’re lucky enough to have a great guest, Penelope Phippen, who has navigated these waters before. 

Penelope is the maintainer of a rubyfmt, rspec, and is involved in Rust — all while working as a full-time engineer and sitting on the Board of Directors at Ruby Central

That said, there is so much more to Penelope than her job description — like her Battlesnake Twitch stream. Give a listen to someone with experience in so many aspects of the open source world!

Listen to What Matters now! 

What Matters, Episode 24 is now available to listen to or download. Check out the full episode — and all our episodes — now available from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, SoundCloud, and wherever you want to listen in! 

About the Show

What Matters is a bi-weekly podcast from the folks at Mattermost where we take a look at all the things we enjoy about the communities we are a part of — open source, ChatOps, DevOps, Go, and everything in between — and distill it into a podcast hosted by Senior Developer Advocate PJ Hagerty. Reach out and let us know what topics, guests, and other ideas you have for the show!

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PJ Hagerty

PJ is the Senior Developer Advocate at Mattermost and a board member at Open Sourcing Mental Illness (osmihelp.org). He is also an organizer of DevOps Days Buffalo, CodeDaze, and ElixirDaze . Additionally, PJ is a developer, writer, speaker, and musician. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

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