Today sees the start of Hacktoberfest 2019, a month-long global event that promotes participation in the Open Source Software (OSS) community.
Now in its sixth year, developers, students, tech companies or anyone else for that matter, are encouraged to actively contribute to the ever growing number of OSS projects that are made available for free.
You may think that most of the programs that the internet runs on are developed by big companies with hundreds of developers, but in fact, much of the code used is built and supported by individuals or non-profit organisations who want to provide something useful that others can benefit from.
Despite the free-for-all nature of OSS, there is an expectation from users that a project is maintained, features added and bugs fixed. For an owner, especially if their project is popular, it can be difficult to keep on top of these demands and unfortunately if it becomes too much, it can result in successful projects being closed or left to go stale overtime.
Run in partnership with Digital Ocean and Dev.to, Hacktoberfest puts an emphasis on users of OSS to give some time back to the projects that they use by raising Pull Requests (PRs) through GitHub.com. Their contributions can range from anything such as updates to online documentation or bug fixes to new requested features. Individuals that raise four PRs between 1st October and 31st qualify for a much coveted Hacktoberfest t-shirt and if there is one thing our developers love more than tech stickers it’s a free t-shirt!
Why is it relevant to Extreme?
Without OSS we’d be developing very different websites for our clients and as we clearly love Open Source we’d really like to give something back to the people who help us without knowing it.
What can Extreme do?
Through October we’re giving everyone in our development team the opportunity to spend a day contributing to Open Source projects of their choice. That will mean nearly 50 hours of development time can be given back to OSS as a thank you.
The developers will be able to choose any projects they like to help and hopefully some will get close to qualifying for their free clobber.
You’ll be able to keep up with their progress, be able to find out a little more about our development team and see which OSS projects they’ve been contributing too here or on our social media channels.