In 2018 we celebrated 20 years of “open source” and the 20-year anniversary of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). On Opensource.com, we were excited to join the celebration with an article by Christine Peterson, who coined the phrase “open source software,” and I think it’s fitting that we kick off the 4th annual Open Source Yearbook.
The past year also saw a lot of changes in open source communities. Diversity and inclusion efforts continued expanding, which is illustrated throughout with articles on how to welcome newcomers, community metrics, how programmers in underrepresented countries can get ahead, gracefully receiving and giving code feedback, and a new film series that highlights women in technology.
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