I was at the NumFOCUS Summit yesterday today talking to a group of maintainers in the scientific computing and data science communities.
Something that came up there was an interest among the maintainers in having more access to free services like cloud compute credits for things like running continuous integration, development instances, and the like.
I was a little surprised by the level of interest, since I figured many cloud platforms and tools already offer “free for OSS” credits and tiers.
Couple of questions for y’all:
- Is this a pain point for you?
- If you had access to additional compute resources on one of the major cloud platforms as part of being a lifter, would you be able to effectively use that? Or would the switching cost from your current setup make it less valuable?
- What kind of services would you be interested in? (server instances, storage, network bandwidth for distributing software, …)
- Would you prefer to get the services in-kind, or just $ that you can use to pay your own preferred service provider?
- In my conversation yesterday, I got the sense that some teams might even prefer in-kind credits because it’s a less complicated conversation than figuring out how to spend $. Is that the case for you?
- Anything else we’re missing here?