Linus Torvalds wants Linux developers to play nicer.
The Linux creator has proposed a small kernel patch called the Code of Conflict, providing discourse guidelines for the kernel community and laying out mediation steps if anyone feels threatened.
“The Linux kernel development effort is a very personal process compared to ‘traditional’ ways of developing software,” wrote Torvalds. “Your code and ideas behind it will be carefully reviewed, often resulting in critique and criticism. This development process has been proven to create the most robust operating system kernel ever, and we do not want to do anything to cause the quality of submission and eventual result to ever decrease. If however anyone feels personally abused, threatened or otherwise uncomfortable due to this process, that is not acceptable.”
More details about the Code of Conflict are available on the Linux Foundation’s blog.
President Obama launches TechHire Initiative
President Obama wants to empower Americans with the skills they need for technology jobs. His administration has announced the TechHire Initiative, a program to teach technology skills through universities, community colleges, online courses and nontraditional approaches such as programming boot camps.
Already 21 regions with more than 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employers have announced plans to work with TechHire and recruit/place applicants based on their skills.
More information is available here.