Facebook Teams Up with Tech Leaders to Improve Open Source Software


Facebook recently announced they have partnered with a group of large tech companies to create TODO (Talk Openly, Develop Openly). The announcement at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco revealed companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Dropbox will work together to make open source easier for everyone to use.

TODO is still only a couple of weeks old, so little has been revealed about it at this point. What we do know is the group intends to address the obstacles companies face while using open source software. The companies involved in this initiative are strong open source advocates and produce a high volume of open source tools and code. One of the main objectives of TODO is to determine which among the thousands of open source projects are high quality and well maintained. These projects will then be marked as “TODO-approved” for full scale deployment.

James Pearce, head of open source at Facebook, sheds some light on the goals of TODO in a recent blog post. “We want to run better, more impactful open source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their open source programs that aren’t sure how to proceed,” Pearce writes.

TODO aims to provide companies outside of the Internet industry and Silicon Valley with the tools and knowledge they need to develop and maintain their own open source projects.