Good negotiation skills, GitHub’s Octoverse, container security and personal politics in open source. What do these topics all have in common? In the last few months, we’ve asked the open source community about each of them. In an utter shock to us all, the results show you have opinions and lots of them. So, without further ado, see if you voted with the majority or struck out alone in defense of your unique beliefs.
Follow These 5 Steps for Effective Salary Negotiation
Voter turnout was especially high when we asked you about salary negotiation tactics, and a significant majority agreed on the importance of simply asking for the raise or salary you feel you deserve. After all, as Malini Bhandaru wrote, “if you don’t stand up for yourself, who will?”
Good negotiation takes practice. Which of these tactics have you found most helpful in your salary negotiations? Vote now and then check out Malini Bhandaru's top 5 tips for salary negotiation: https://t.co/uwq36eSspS
— VMware Open Source (@vmwopensource) December 3, 2019
GitHub’s 2019 Octoverse Report
Not every poll can have such a clear victor though. When we asked about the most surprising elements of GitHub’s 2019 Octoverse report, the candidates finished in a dead heat. Those who chose “Python topping Java as the most used GitHub language” as the big surprise won a narrow victory, though one riled up Twitter user did point out, “C# > Python > Java.” Regardless, the results and sheer number of votes do showcase the excitement surrounding open source as it enters a new decade.
— VMware Open Source (@vmwopensource) December 11, 2019
Introducing Clair: A Powerful Tool for Container Security
No matter which programming language dominates the roaring 2020s, containers will play a key role in software development. Judging by all the input we received, the open source community is well aware of this fact. By asking about containers, we also became aware of another fact: container security is a source of significant uncertainty. In addition to the answer choices provided, respondents identified service availability and redundancy while patching and investigating issues as other key challenges. Luckily, Clair is an open source tool that scans for vulnerabilities before service availability can ever become an issue.
— VMware Open Source (@vmwopensource) January 6, 2020
Navigating the Personal Politics of Open Source
Finally, we asked you about the best way to make open source friends, not enemies. Two clear winners emerged: the first social and the second technical (-ish). Respondents said it was important to get a profile picture on GitHub and avoid overcommitting to projects and, thus, underdelivering. One of the more unique answers we received said to “use multiple devices, accounts and usernames to keep personal and work life separate.” Not a bad idea for open source hobbyists trying to avoid sharing corporate data by accident.
Which of the following do you think is the most useful way to navigate politics in the #opensource community? Let us know & then check out Andrew Kim's advice for managing open source politics: https://t.co/zqv12q2FRA
— VMware Open Source (@vmwopensource) December 18, 2019