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Guido van Rossum retires as Python's BDFL 😱

We were just discussing this on a recent episode, and now it's a reality!? I'm basically giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL, and you all will be on your own. After all that's eventually going to happen regardless -- there's still that bus lurking around the corner, and I'm not getting younger... (I'll spare you the list of medical issues.) He will not appoint a successor. What happens next?! Not even Guido knows: So what are you all going to do? Create a democracy? Anarchy? A dictatorship? A federation? Grab some 🍿 because this is gonna get interesting!

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The Developers Union - a ‘non-union union’ advocating for sustainability in the App Store

Want developers of great software to be able to make a living doing it? Want free trials in the App Store? Join The Developers Union! Dear Apple, We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it. So we created The Developers Union to advocate for sustainability in the App Store. Today, we are asking Apple to publicly commit — by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July — to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores before July 2019. After that, we'll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.

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Julia Evans jvns.ca

Open source sabbatical = awesome

Julia Evans has finished up her 3 months of funded work on rbspy (thanks to the Segment Open Fellowship) and wrote up her experience. If you can't tell from the title, she liked it. This was an interesting statement coming from Julia (whose reputation amongst developers is impeccable, if you ask me): Another benefit of doing this was that now I have actual code that I’ve written out in the open on GitHub! I don’t really believe in “github is your resume” (lots of great programmers don’t do any open source work! that’s fine!) but it does feel good to have. One huge benefit to employees who work for open source-oriented companies is that they get to build an open source portfolio on the job. That levels the playing field for folks who don't have the luxury of disposable free time outside business hours.

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Jerod Santo brave.com

You can now support our work with the Brave browser ✊

In retrospect, becoming a Brave Publisher was a no-brainer. We're big fans/supporters of: Independent publishers New sustainability models Brandon Eich (listen to this RFC if you haven't yet) Real-world cryptocurrency use cases So, if you appreciate the news and podcasts we've been producing for the past decade, please consider browsing our site with Brave and throwing a few BAT into the proverbial tip jar. 💚

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Tidelift announces open source subscriptions

Donald Fischer: Over the last several months, we engaged with over 1000 professional users and maintainers of open source software through surveys and live conversations. We wanted to learn what’s working for them and what’s not. Turns out, people had a lot on their minds. The result of these conversations was the creation of Tidelift subscriptions, which are described as: paying for “promises about the future” of your software components. Click through to read the nitty, gritty details. There are some interesting opportunities here: Tidelift provides a means for maintainers to band together in a scalable model that works—for everyone. Those who build and maintain open source software get compensated for their effort—and those who use their creations get more dependable software, delivered via a Tidelift subscription.

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"This is a call for help."

Jürg Lenhi, writes in this tweet thread: Let's talk about open-source. I've been developing and maintaining Paper.js for years. It has 8,700 stars on GitHub. Multiple big companies have done projects and products with it. Yet donations and sponsored features are very few, and I need to accept other work to sustain a living. There are several more tweets that follow this up with more details from Jürg, but what I found missing, is an awareness of what a healthy relationship for him and this project looks like. If we've learned anything from Request For Commits, it is that money doesn't solve the open source maintainer problem, so donations or Patreon alone aren't a fix. (Thanks to Cody for sharing this in our community Slack.)

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Three Ways to Improve the Sustainability of Open Source Projects

This post shares insights gathered from last year's Sustain OSS. Open source is the basis upon which much of our technology is built, technology that keeps us warm, safe, and happy. Open source projects enable young developers to learn from veterans and entrepreneurs to build million-dollar companies in the space of months. tldr (but you should read): Remember, it's free. Optimize for (many) maintainers It's not just about the code

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