How I Started Contributing to the Docker Project

written by Antonio Murdaca, (@runc0m) I’ve always struggled with finding the free time to give back some of what I take from open source on a daily basis. This is by far the most obvious reason people find it difficult to start their open source “career” and turn contributing into a regular hobby. Unless you’re being paid for it, the time you spend contributing to open source is time you could have spent having a beer with friends. And many times, discussions with colleagues about doing feature “X” for open source project “Y” ends with someone saying, “Who cares if I fix a typo or refactor something?”. You might not find the time to contribute because you actually don’t care, you feel your contributions aren’t valuable, or you simply prefer to do other things. But as a user of open Continue reading…

Start contributing to Docker in 5 easy steps

If you write code for a living, you’ve probably heard of Docker by now. You might have played around with it, and if you’re lucky, you may even have had the chance to use it to deploy systems in production. But have you made the leap to contributing to the project? There are many benefits to contributing to a popular open-source project like Docker: You earn recognition for improving a project used by many people. You get to collaborate with other amazingly smart people in the open-source community. You become a better programmer yourself through the process of understanding and improving an important system. But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces 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.  

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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.

Docker Project Announces Open-Source-a-thon to Support Whale and Marine Wildlife Conservation

Docker Project Announces Open-Source-a-thon to Support Whale and Marine Wildlife Conservation Partnering with Oceanic Society to link open source contributions to driving “blue” conservation SAN FRANCISCO – February 19, 2015 – The Docker Project, the open platform for distributed applications, today announced it will be organizing an open-source-a-thon where Docker core team members will teach and mentor people in how to contribute to open source. Contributions include code, documentation, tutorials, videos, and mentoring. Each contribution to the Docker Project will also support the Oceanic Society and its mission to conserve oceans. The program is timed to coincide with the project’s 2nd birthday and is focused on a cause – ocean and marine life health – that is important to its millions of users. Docker’s logo, Moby Dock, is a blue whale that was contributed and selected by its community.  The Continue reading…

DockerCon US 2015 Tickets Now Available

The wait is over! You can now purchase your tickets for DockerCon 2015 taking place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on June 22nd and 23rd, 2015.

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.