Contribute to Kubernetes

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Bret and Matt are joined by Chad Crowell of KubeSkills to walk through how you can contribute to Kubernetes open source.

Chad started the community and podcast to focus on learning Kubernetes by doing and in this episode, he's taking us through a detailed guide on how to get involved in the Kubernetes community.

Although Kubernetes and other CNCF projects may seem big and complex with tons of activity, Chad helps us understand how the maturity of the projects and the community make it a much more pleasant onboarding experience for first-time contributors. We go through a wide range of resources and steps to help your first issue or pull request go smoothly.

Live recording of this show from March 9, 2023 is on YouTube (Ep. #206).


Learning K8s by Open Source PDF slides
First Timers Only website
K8s Contributor Community Homepage
List of K8s SIGs
K8s Slack
Open Sauced website
K8s Contributors onboarding course
Kube Cuddle podcast with Joe Beda
Learning K8s Skills

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  • (00:00) - Intro
  • (02:45) - Chad's Book
  • (05:11) - Learning platforms
  • (05:37) - Another way to learn
  • (06:44) - SIGs
  • (07:47) - Community or Contributor Experience SIG
  • (10:06) - Volunteers
  • (11:27) - For those who want to start contributing
  • (13:50) - The different tags
  • (14:48) - Good first issues
  • (16:01) - Bret's first Docker fix
  • (16:50) - Who determines the first issues?
  • (18:37) - OpenSauced
  • (19:16) - Finding the next steps after learning
  • (19:59) - Dashboard to track contributions
  • (20:42) - A very friendly community
  • (22:30) - Who's paying for OpenSauced?
  • (23:06) - How to build your rep on the internet
  • (24:57) - Github Flow, Breaking it down
  • (27:24) - Eddie Hub
  • (28:10) - Assign yourself to the issue
  • (28:50) - Compile Kubernetes
  • (30:14) - Tracking the pull request lifecycle
  • (31:44) - Changing the k8s reference issue
  • (35:17) - Kubernetes Slack Channels
  • (35:59) - SIG mailing lists
  • (36:44) - Getting feedback before you do the work
  • (38:18) - How do you give up and issue?
  • (39:53) - Correlating issues with Slack
  • (40:28) - Start with an issue first
  • (41:24) - Random PRs don't go well
  • (43:00) - Onboarding course
  • (44:11) - Cheat sheet
  • (44:26) - What Chad has learned from contributing
  • (46:09) - Online resources
  • (48:48) - Certifications and exams
  • (50:46) - Matt's comment about a podcast
  • (52:48) - Wrap up

Creators and Guests

Bret Fisher
Bret Fisher
Cloud native DevOps Dude. Course creator, YouTuber, Podcaster. Docker Captain and CNCF Ambassador. People person who spends too much time in front of a computer.
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Matt is the Evangelist at Infra (a cool RBAC and remote access tool). He's also an Emcee for DevOps Days Seattle and a former organizer of DevOps Days Boston and Serverless Days Boston. He was the first Evangelist at Datadog. He has been using containers on Docker and Kubernetes since the projects started.
Beth Fisher
Beth Fisher
Producer of DevOps and Docker Talk podcast since 2019. Assistant producer on Bret Fisher Live show on YouTube. Business and proposal writer by trade.
Chad M. Crowell
Chad M. Crowell
Husband and dad πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦β€οΈ | CNCF Ambassador | DevSecOps Engineer @raft_tech | Author | Community @kubeskills
Cristi Cotovan
Cristi Cotovan
Video editor and educational content producer. Descript and Camtasia coach.
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