Welcome to the October edition of the OSS Watch newsletter.
This month Mark and Scott went off to OggCamp in Liverpool, while Rowan went off to Open World Forum in Paris as well as the UAS conference in Oxford. We've also been involved in experimental use at Oxford of CKAN, the open data platform, as well as all the usual writing, presenting, and even the odd bit of coding.
In this issue Mark Johnson talks about his BitTorrent Sync indicator for Linux, while Scott Wilson explains how to make your commit messages more useful for the wider community. Mark also has a write up of an interesting talk on the community anthropology of StackOverflow.
In November we'll be providing community and communications training for TYPO3 in Germany, and we'll also be at the kickoff of an exciting new project we're participating looking at creating a "Semester of Code" to get students involved in open source software as part of their studies. More about that soon!
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Releasing a new Open Source Project – BitTorrent Sync Indicator
Mark Johnson explains how he went about a creating a BitTorrent Sync desktop indicator for Linux, and how it took off.
How to write better commit messages
Scott Wilson explains why "fixed it" is not a helpful commit message for an open source project
OpenStack Community Anthropology
We discuss a talk byJoel Spolsky of StackExchange at Open World Forum about the Cultural Anthropology of StackOverflow