Professional maintainers: a wake-up call

Open-source software powers the digital world. Due to its publically available, restriction-free nature, examples of open-source are found everywhere, from cybersecurity agencies to Apple. But, due to its free nature, the ‘maintainers’ – those who perform the software’s upkeep – cannot be expected to prioritise this work, especially without financial reward. Filippo Valsorda suggests that the tech industry should instead professionalise the ‘maintainer’ position, encouraging companies to give back to the open-source community; these professionals would be responsible for tasks such as implementing security practices or adopting industry standards. Read full article here


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