Thank You Docker Community!

  written by Steve Francia I believe in doing things that matter. I believe that to do great things –  you sometimes need to take some risks. In 2014, I had an opportunity to do something that matters. Once or twice in a decade a company comes along with a product that completely transforms an industry. Docker has taken the industry by storm in completely unprecedented ways. It’s been the fastest growing company whose core product is open source. It is one of the first companies to achieve record levels of visibility and momentum in less than two years (I know there was dotCloud earlier, but in reality that was a very different company and Docker grew like a phoenix from it’s ashes). In Docker, I saw an opportunity to help guide and shape how open source businesses could be Continue reading…

Highlights from the Docker Project’s first open-source-a-thon

Today we are nearing the end of the Docker Open-Source-a-Thon that kicked off with the Docker birthday party! Here’s an update about the fun times we’ve had so far.

First Docker Maintainers Summit

It doesn’t take much during an extremely cold and snowy February to entice key Docker contributors and maintainers to get on a plane and spend a few days together at Docker HQ in (sometimes) sunny San Francisco. That’s what happened this past week as the Docker Project team invited all maintainers to a mini-summit following the quarterly Docker Governance Advisory Board meeting. Attendees included maintainers from companies such as Google, Red Hat, and IBM, as well as individual and Docker-employed project maintainers. These maintainers represented a broad cross-section of the various upstream projects including libcontainer, the Docker core, Docker Machine, Docker Swarm, and distribution sub-components.  

Docker Governance Advisory Board: 2nd meeting

On February 17th, the Docker project had its second Docker Governance Advisory Board ( DGAB ) meeting to discuss the operations of the project. As this was our second meeting, it was great to see everyone again. As a bit of background, the DGAB was established June 2014 with the intent of providing greater openness, while serving as an essential check to ensure that the Docker Project is serving the needs of its users. The goal of this advisory board is “to advise the Docker Project leadership on matters related to supporting the long term governance, structure, and roadmap of the Docker project.” The DGAB consists of representatives of the community, including contributors, corporations and our users.

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Docker Project’s 2nd Birthday Party Extensions & Online

We recently announced that we’re organizing a global open-source-a-thon to celebrate the Docker project’s 2nd birthday. Thanks to overwhelming response and support, the event series is expanding to both online and community events! Online From March 23rd through April 19th, any contributions made to the Docker Project will count toward Docker’s donation to the Oceanic Society and its mission to conserve the habitat of Moby Dock and blue whales across the planet. We will be posting a guide on how to participate in this online “open-source-a-thon” on Like the in-person events, Docker Project team members and expert developers from the broader open source community will teach and guide participants on how to contribute to open source. We’ll also create dedicated online communication channels for people new to contributing to open source and/or new to Docker.

Introducing Docker’s New Open Source Community Manager

I’m thrilled to introduce Docker’s new open source community manager, Thea Lamkin. Thea (pronounced Tey-uh) will be focused on the contributor community and experience. She joins us from New Relic, where she was very active in building a great developer-centric community.   Our contributor community could not be in better hands. Thea has deep passion for and experience with communities, developer or otherwise. Prior to New Relic she managed communities at Flickr and Tiny Speck (pre-Slack). At Flickr Thea had the challenging experience of working with the community and the mountain of mostly negative feedback around Flickr’s major redesign in 2013. It was through this experience that she developed the ability to manage any difficult situation in a graceful and constructive way.

The power of developer communities

Since this is my first post on the Docker blog, I should introduce myself. My name is Steve Francia but you may know me better by spf13 which is my username on Twitter, GitHub and the address to my blog. I’ve recently joined Docker, Inc. as the chief of operations: open source. In this role, I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Docker project as the chief operator to work alongside Solomon Hykes who will continue to focus on driving the vision and strategy of the project in the role of chief architect and Michael Crosby who has just been appointed chief maintainer. My role in the company is to be 100% focused on the Docker project. I’ll be heavily focused on the user and contributor experience and making sure that both experiences are optimized for maximum productivity.