Newsletters are one of the best ways to stay up to date with an ecosystem. Newsletters are weekly, or monthly emails sent to the subscribers with curated links of popular work, tutorials, opinions and new releases of software.
Blogs are one of the best ways to find large amounts of useful knowledge from experience, gracefully archived for your consumption! Try to subscribe to RSS feeds of popular blogs in the ecosystem. Most of the blogs should support RSS feeds so you can use a software like Thunderbird to subscribe to those blogs and receive latest posts.
Twitter is another great place to find insights and news about the latest and the cutting edge work in the ecosystem. Following popular developers and contributors in the industry gives you a glimpse of new trends and work being done in the industry, inspiration, and support. It is also one of the best ways to get in contact with these awesome developers and seek advice or contribute to the discussions.
Contributing to Free, Libre and Open Source Software
If you want to be brave and live on the edge, this is the right place for you! Contributing to FLOSS means that you always know what is being worked on in a particular project even before any official release! Even more, you'll be able to meet new and interesting people, learn new things and grow in all directions.
Here are some projects to start contributing to:
I hope this article has given you new and interesting ways to keep track of software trends. Good luck on your journey!