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OCS 2020 Breakout: Amber Graner

Amber Graner Amber’s open source journey started in 2009 when she began blogging about Ubuntu. Since then she’s written for Ubuntu User Magazine, co-authored The Official Ubuntu Book (6th & 7th edit.) and served as a technical reviewer for Jono Bacon’s Art of Community. Amber was the first Community Manager for Linaro (Linux on ARM) and went on to help architect and manage the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation Community where she later became the Operations Director. Today she is the Director of Community at Corelight Inc.

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Amber’s introduction and presentation topic: Passion, Persistence, and Progress. What this talk is about. - 0:00

Presentation agenda - 1:35

Open Source vs. Open Core - 1:56

Getting Started: What do you need if you want to get involved in open source? - 3:07

Learning from Rural Life - Meritocracy. Building merit. - 5:10

Learning from the Army - Mission First. - 8:10

Free and Open Source Software Timeline - 10:10

Learning from Hospitality Industry - People. - 11:47

Amber’s first-year in open source. (See: The Art of Community, The Open Source Way, People Powered) - 12:26

First getting involved with Ubuntu and FOSS. Find a mentor. Amber speaks about her mentors. - 14:22

Going overboard in first-year of Ubuntu community. - 17:28

Quieting the negative voices (impostor syndrome, overcompensation, burnout, anxiety, depression) - 18:26

Seeking Critical Feedback. Promotes personal and professional growth. It’s about listening actively, taking the time to analyze, and then thinking of the best possible solution to perform better. It provides positive criticism and allows to see what everyone can change to improve their focus and results. (See: - 22:10

Concluding remarks - 25:18

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