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Apereo Micro Conference: March 13, 2024

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Coopetition: open source projects working together

Collaboration is a key part of open source projects, and that includes collaborating with other communities. Open source projects can work with their upstreams, downstreams, and even their competition. But how do you do it well? This presentation draws from the experiences of the Fedora and openSUSE communities working together to produce two separate Linux distributions. Attendees will learn how to identify areas where they can collaborate and get practical tips on working with other projects. Bring your questions and experiences so we can talk about it together.

Ben Cotton has been active in Fedora and other open source communities for over a decade. His career has taken him through the public and private sector in roles that include desktop support, high-performance computing administration, marketing, and program management. Ben is the author of Program Management for Open Source Projects (Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2021). He contributed to the book Human at a Distance, and has written articles for The Next Platform,, Scientific Computing, and more.

Ben writes about leading open source projects at

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Please Note: The start time is 12:00pm Eastern U.S. time

March 13th, 2024 from 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM
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