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Log4Shell highlights the need to proactively cooperate with open source maintainers at scale

Over the weekend, there was much ado on tech Twitter about the Log4Shell vulnerability and the reality of unpaid maintainers being asked to shoulder ...
Luis Villa
by Luis Villa
on December 14, 2021

Luis Villa

Luis Villa

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Pay to play? Don't expect maintainers to solve your supply chain issues for free

By Luis Villa on August 24, 2021
For a long time, there were two basic tests for releasing open source: “does it do what I need it to do?” and “does it compile?” Sure, it was nice if ...

Software bills of materials are important—but they won't work at scale if we don't pay the maintainers

By Luis Villa on June 22, 2021
On June 2, the U.S. government posted a call for comments on the minimum elements that should be required in a software bill of materials (SBOM). At ...

What I learned from the Server Side Public License

By Luis Villa on February 3, 2021
When the Server Side Public License (SSPL) was submitted to the Open Source Initiative (OSI), many people criticized it, and the license was ...

So you want to write a successful license

By Luis Villa on January 21, 2021
In early 2020, when international travel was still a responsible thing one could do, I gave a talk on "what makes a license successful" at FOSDEM in ...

Ask me your toughest licensing questions for our live AMA this week

By Luis Villa on August 24, 2020
I’m going to be doing one (and possibly more) AMAs on the worst(?) topic in open source. That’s right... licensing!

Evaluating an ethical license for corporate use

By Luis Villa on February 25, 2020
In my 2019 open source licenses year in review, I suggested that 2020 would see more adoption of licenses with a strong ethical focus. Just on ...

Open source licenses: 2019 year in review

By Luis Villa on January 23, 2020
2019 was the most active year in open source licenses in a very, very long time, with news from China to Silicon Valley, from rawest capitalism to ...

Bus factor, boss factor, and the economics of disappearing maintainers

By Luis Villa on August 13, 2019
We've jokingly referred to the problem of disappearing maintainers as "bus factor" for about as far back as I can remember. In short, the idea is ...

We gathered 16 open source maintainers in Boston. Here's what happened.

By Luis Villa on May 30, 2019
This month, we had our first in-person event for open source maintainers who get income from the Tidelift Subscription (we call them “lifters”). The ...

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