Something big is coming! Join us in the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles

Last year we missed the LinuxCon North America, but this won’t happen again for the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles. There’ll be an important announcement for Grimoire Lab during Monday’s keynotes.

Sadly, you’ll need to join us there, follow the streaming, wait for the press release or join the new Grimoire Lab mailing list to get some news in advance…

But, there are not one but several more things related with Bitergia and Grimoire Lab happening during the Open Source Summit North America:

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Meet us at FOSDEM!

We are so excited about starting the new year with our contribution and participation at FOSDEM 2017.

Fosdem 2017

FOSDEM is the strongest reference event for developers and geeks to meet and know the hottest incoming tech topics since 17 years ago.

In 2000, Raphael Bauduin, a Linux fan from Belgium, decided to organize a small event for Open Source developers. He named it ‘Open Source Developers European Meeting’ (OSDEM). From the second edition OSDEM became FOSDEM and every year host more than 5000 developers and Open Source geeks.

FOSDEM is our natural environment. We have joined it in a lots of editions and we are very proud to come again this year as speakers. We are also going to set up a stand for chatting with all our friends with special gifts for our community.

These will be our contributions to FOSDEM 2017:

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Check our Kibana-based development dashboards!

While we’re developing and testing our new toolchain for producing Kibana-based software development dashboards, we’re producing a good collection of them, with real data from real projects.

Bitergia Kibana dashboards screenshots
Bitergia Kibana based dashboards with data from some FOSS dev communities

Just in case you are interested in having a look at them and provide some feedback, here is a partial list:
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Akademy 2014

Pretty late writing about the Akademy, but I really wanted to share my experience with this community.

First of all and as a disclaimer, I already knew some members of the community, so this was not my first time with them. I have always enjoyed my time with them and get pretty useful feedback.

This visit was related to the KDE devleopment dashboard that Bitergia prepared in collaboration with some KDE developers.

kde-main-page

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Microsoft openness in a simple chart

Last week I took part as master of ceremonies on an special event for FLOSS developers at .. Microsoft Spain offices! The idea for the meeting was to explore the different FLOSS technologies already supported by Microsoft Azure with speakers from different companies and communities like MongoDB, PhoneGap/Cordova, etc.

The event is part of the new openness strategy that is driving the company. But, I have thought about how open is really this movement? Of course, they are releasing a lot of code as Open Source, but is the company contributing to other FLOSS projects beyond their own ones? And by suprise, the answer has come from our own dashboards.

Chart with Microsoft contributions to OpenStack
Microsoft contributions to OpenStack

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Let’s meet in 2014!!

2013 is almost over and it has been an intense year starting up Bitergia. We have worked hard and we would like to thank our customers for trusting us. It’s time to face 2014 with energy!

We continue improving our free / open source tools and services, starting by presenting our latest developments in Fosdem 2014 (two talks approved, stay tuned!), and working hard to help free / open source software communities success by the use of metrics and software development analyses as key factor.

Happy 2014!!

Open World Forum 2013

During early October days, we’ve been in Paris for the Open World Conference 2013 (AKA OWF 2013) as first stop of our October’s Tour, and it has been a quite interesting meeting.

OWF location

First of all, OWF is not an Open Source freaks event, and business is one of the event’s target, so there were many well suited people talking about opportunities and so on. Of course, you can see people doing freak things…

Some companies missed it, but most of the big ones where there somehow: Red Hat, Openstack, Suse, Citrix… and even Debian, that is not a company, but it is a reference in the Open Source world. I’ve had the chance to talk with some old friends and to meet new ones. So, it has been a good networking event, but some kind of reception/dinner/party? would helped.

On Friday, we were invited to talk about the metrics and analysis we do in Bitergia and how it helps on Open Source projects for the Open Source in practice track. It’s been great sharing the desk with people like:

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Release 0.5.1 of VizGrimoireJS

We’ve just released VizGrimoireJS 0.5.1. VizGrimoireJS is a framework for software metrics visualization using HTML, JavaScript and CSS as main technologies.

The main changes in this version are:

  • Legend for viz could be places now anywhere
  • Metrics have now a namespace so you can have the same metric name in different data sources.
  • Improved Summary for data sources
  • New help system integrated with graphs
  • Metrics definition could be modified from a JSON file
  • Bug fixes and minor changes.

The code is available at: https://github.com/VizGrimoire/VizGrimoireJS/tree/0.5.1

Analyzing Risks associated to FLOSS Communities

Bitergia participated in the last LinuxTag event in Berlin that brought together the industry and FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) communities in the same event.

I had the pleasure to present the basics of the analysis of FLOSS communities from a quantitative point of view, specifically focusing on the analysis of companies. Openstack was the project selected as a case study, where volunteers and companies are working together to build an open source software to build public or private clouds.

Among other questions,

  • Main developers
  • Understand who are the main developers: a company could be interested in hiring them or providing some financial support for specific activities.
  • Typical patterns of activity: in order to guess the effort that is being actually developed.
  • Regeneration of developers: turnover is almost impossible to avoid, but some policies could be derived in order to avoid knowledge loss.
  • Study of companies participating: some companies could be interested in better understanding what other companies are doing and the regions of the source code that they are modifying. Or even their importance in terms of number of developers and overall productivity.
  • Responsiveness of the community: when fixing issues in the source code, process is usually undertaken in the issue tracking systems or for instance, support provided in the mailing lists or forums.
  • Evolution of licensing and issues derived from them: this is probably a key difficulty when redistributing source code and integrating third part software
  • Orphaned areas of the source code that might be more prone to be buggy as well as low maintained areas of the source code.

From this perspective, companies, public administrations or other actors in the open source world might be interested:
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