Allison Randal on Participating in FLOSS Communities

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In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Allison Randal about her 30 years of professional programming experience, serving on multiple well-known open source and free software boards, planning conferences like OSCON and DebConf, and more. She offers a great deal of valuable advice both for people new to the FLOSS community and people who are looking to get more involved, as well as ideas about the relationship between the FSF and the OSI, great tips for conference organizers, and suggestions about how to transition from one free software community to the next.

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