Eric Raymond's tips for effective open source advocacy

By Rick Moen, LinuxWorld.com |  Development

Therefore, identify your own people who are likely contacts with the community -- who may already be part of it without your being aware of it -- and burnish their presence and potential as spokespersons.


  • Give the community members toys; you'll make them happy.

  • But seriously, folks



    As a bit of parting advice, Eric suggested that the most valuable skill to pick up is that of effective public speaking. There are a variety of groups that aim to teach it, but Eric found his model in what at first might seem an unlikely place: stand-up comedy, which he says can be effectively studied for tips on timing, punctuation, and body language, among other things.



    Eric is an animated and extroverted speaker, with a flair for reaching out to audiences, and a whimsical sense of fun -- but conceptualizing him as a Robin Williams and Mike Myers puts him in a new light.



    Me: Maybe I'd be a reporter.

    Eric: An evil reporter?

    Me: You always do that!


    Resources



    • The Fetchmail utility:

      http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/fetchmail/
    • "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," Eric S. Raymond:

      http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/
    • The Jargon File, aka the New Hacker's Dictionary:

      http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/
    • Eric Conspiracy Secret Labs:

      http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/ecsl/
    • Netscape's announcement of the planned source code release:

      http://home.netscape.com/newsref/pr/newsrelease558.html
    • The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary, Eric S. Raymond (O'Reilly and Associates, 1999):

      http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/cb/
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