Comcast Encourages Its Engineers To Not Just Consume Open Source But To Also Contribute To It
Open Source For You|February 2019
Comcast Encourages Its Engineers To Not Just Consume Open Source But To Also Contribute To It

Comcast Corporation is an American entertainment conglomerate. The company is committed to open source software and uses it to develop products, attract talent and evolve the technology. Nithya A. Ruff, head, Comcast Open Source Program Office, talks about Comcast’s open source journey, new projects, collaborations and much more.

Q Please share Comcast’s open source journey with our readers.

The involvement of Comcast in open source was a gradual process that evolved over time. The company eventually created two open source program offices, one for the NBC business and another for the cable side of the business.

Comcast began contributing to open source around 2006 when Jon Moore, chief software architect, made a patch contribution to Apache HTTP. He showed the management team that it made more business sense to have the patch incorporated into the main project than it was to maintain it separately.

Working with an interdisciplinary team, Moore worked to set up an open source advisory council, which consisted of legal and technical subject matter experts. They reviewed contributions and created internal guidelines focused on good open source practices and community building. In 2013, when they started tracking these contributions, they had 13. Since then, the contributions have been growing at a rapid pace.

Q How does Comcast contribute to the open source community?

We are committed to open source software. We use it to build products, attract talent, evolve the technology, and improve the customer experience. Beyond using open source technologies to build our products, we contribute actively to a wide range of open source and open standards groups including the Linux Foundation, the OpenStack Foundation, the Apache Foundation, the Cloud Foundry Foundation and the Internet Engineering Task Force, to name just a few. We also encourage and support our software engineers in open sourcing the projects they develop at Comcast.

We know the collective development ethos behind robust open source projects that makes our products better and more powerful. We are committed to being part of the global open source community now and into the future.

Q Can you tell us about the latest open source projects of Comcast?

We have introduced several new projects recently. Some of these are listed below.

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