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How to avoid being forked into oblivion by a more powerful contributor?

As recently reported here: Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects. However the founder of ...
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Why do people fork repositories on GitHub? [closed]

I noticed that a lot of GitHub accounts only have repositories which are forked from other accounts. In addition the people who do this usually don't make any contributions to the forked repositories. ...
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Forking a repo on GitHub but allowing new issues on the fork

I have previously forked other people's repos on GitHub, and I have noticed that issues stay with the original repo, and that I can't file issues on the forked repo. I now have the following task. I ...
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Gerrit code review, or Github's fork and pull model?

I am starting a software project that will be team AND community developed. I was previously sold on gerrit, but now Github's fork and pull request model seem to almost provide more tools, ways to ...
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Forking project on Github process

There is a project on Github that I mostly like and want to use. There are a few things I want to do differently/remove that doesn't make sense for what I want/need. Also I want to add a few things as ...
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What is the etiquette of renaming an open source fork?

I want to fork on Github the TestNG java testing framework (Apache 2 license) so I can add/change some minor things to suit my needs. It's unlikely that all of my changes would be approved in the ...
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What to do when somebody forks my open-source project with the same name?

I have this GPL project, it got stuck for like a year, I really like the idea, then somebody fork it and changed the whole thing but used the same name, I don't mind for the code (it was GPL after all)...
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Should collaborators on a private Github repository each fork the repo?

I'm working on a project at the moment, and we have the source code up in a private repository on Github, with each of us as a collaborator. What we are unclear on is how to separate each of our work....
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What are the legal considerations when forking a BSD-licensed project?

I'm interested in forking a project released under a two-clause BSD license: Copyright (c) 2010 {copyright holder} All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, ...
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What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects II?

This is ALMOST a direct duplicate of (What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects?) except that I could not find my answer there, and I cannot comment (because I don't ...
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Forking a GPL dual licensed software with business owned copyrights

After receiving some threats of the copyrights holder of a dual licensed software(GPL2 and commercial) to buy the commercial version for projects in production, I am thinking to make a fork. In a ...
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Copying (forking) an open source project to your own repository

I'm currently using an open source project called CodeFirstMembership for one of my projects. There's a critical issue that I need to get past, and the more I use it, the more I find things I need to ...
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Ethics and best practices when forking code base

I have a question as to the proper best practices and ethics revolving forking code. I've taken code base licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 and brought ...
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If I fork an open source project and make improvements in the fork, will it or I offend the original authors? [duplicate]

I have identified a couple of open source projects on github.com that are not being kept up to date for many months. I have used them for personal use, and now want to make enhancements to them and ...
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Is git-flow in the spirit of git? [closed]

The question is pretty self-explanatory. I've had some experience with git-flow, and not much more true experience with plain git before that. (I was using it more as a backup-provider.) I'm ...
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Licensing on forked projects

I forked a project that hasn't been maintained for a while now. I have a lot of changes I'd like to implement and want to actively maintain the project and keep it open source. How does the licensing ...
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Is recursive forking considered an anti-pattern?

I'm starting to tinker with process forking, just to get a feel for it. I thought I'd write an example where work is distributed among child processes and the results handed back to the parent; this ...
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Seeking xinetd alternative for forking concurrent servers in Linux

I recently posted here asking about the drawbacks of having a server process bind to a dynamically assigned port. That approach came about because xinetd, which launched the server process, allocates ...
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Should I fork for a major re-write that uses a small amount of the original code? [closed]

I'm writing a library. It's a completely rewritten version of another one, to suit my needs (PCL compatibility, mainly). However, the API will be completely rewritten, as I'll need to change a lot of ...
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Forking an application for an “enterprise” customer

Note: this is mostly a technical question but I have to explain the business background first. THE BUSINESS PART I have a really interesting situation on my hands, at least interesting for me. For ...
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Keeping a permanent git fork updated [closed]

Please consider the following scenario: There is an npm package named some-package. There are a couple dozen known dependent npm packages that all depend on some-package. I forked some-package and ...
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Forking an open source project using Git

There is an open source project that I want to fork for my own reasons. It currently has a Git mirror of its main SVN repository which I can use. What are the best techniques for forking a project ...
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How to maintain a forked git repo with feature branches that upstream won't pull?

So here's a typical workflow on Github... Like some project -> fork it -> git clone https://github.com/you/someproject. Open project. Like what you see, but make some changes. Having been ...
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Fork dead SVN based project on GitHub

I previously asked this at stack overflow but it was closed, I believe because 'programmers' is a more appropriate venue for this question. I have done some work on the SVN Importer project (Apache ...
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Why fork a library for your own application?

Why should a programmer ever fork a library for inclusion in a widely used application? I ask this question because I was reading an article about why Chromium isn't packaged for many Linux distros ...
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Fork a subset of a repo - licensing and etiquette

I'm a contributor to a large open source project. I have made heavy changes to a submodule of that project to support more functionality, but at this point further improvements will be outside the ...
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Two closely related projects — Two repositories or one?

Background I am coding two closely related Java projects. The first project is Single Facility Simulator, which simulates a very simple supply chain with a single facility. The second project is ...
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Fork-join in the actor model

I'm reading a paper about the actor model and they describe how a fork-join behaviour can be implemented using it: Let us consider how a system of actors, when requested to calculate some value, ...
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Design question about a concurrent forking server

I'm in the early stages of designing a client/server application. The clients will be batch programs that read a file of customer contact data (name, address, email address, phone no's) and pass ...
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Forking an open source project: should one create a new changelog file? Should restart version number?

I am going to fork an open source project. Would you recommend to create a new changelog file or to update the original one? Would it be reasonable to increment its version number or would it be ...
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What is considered to be a “modification” of sources under the BSD license?

I have a question about the 3-clause BSD license based on its Wiki description. It states: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Should I fork a fork (on Github)? [closed]

On Github, I've run across a pull request which it implements a feature I like but feel isn't quite intuitive and could be better. The maintainers of the original repo have so far declined to accept ...
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Bitbucket: repatriating a fork back to where it was once forked from

I am hoping for some advice on how best to perform a particular bitbucket/git maneuver which will fork a repo back to a team from which it was previously forked. Let's call it Repo R, originally in ...
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Does TFS have the capacity equivalent of branching/forking in Git?

We've got talking about branching and forking in Git and a teammate asked if there's something like that in TFVC (hereafter referred to as TFS). I explained that there is, although it's managed ...
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Git: Branch or Fork?

I have game project that will have two versions: A simple version of the game, the core An advanced version of the game. I have the 1st version in my public repository and only I will be working ...
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What license can I choose for a shallow fork of a recently abandoned project?

So I need a bootloader for an avr chip and after some research, I selected this one. License OpenSource, base on GPL license. It needed minor modifications to compile without the dedicated ...
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Scheduling between child and parent process

When child processes are created using the fork system call what is there scheduling priorities..are they same? if so will always a child process run first and then parent...or is there a manipulation ...
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Understanding of fork call

I was just reading an article online about fork().According to what I get,the fork() system call creates a subprocess and the program counter is updated to the next instruction and the control is ...
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forking but not exiting

It is normal for the child in a fork() to call exec() or _exit(). Are there any realistic scenarios where the child might return from the function that called fork() instead? void foo() { pid_t ...
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What criteria should I use for determining whether or not to terminate a daemon (to restart it later)?

Should a daemon, forked from a CGI script (whenever the CGI script is called and the daemon is not yet running), hang running (most of the time just waiting for a connection) all time, or should it be ...
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During fork system call which execute first parent or child

As i am executing a one pipe example pgm from libc.pdf,I noticed that the parent process first completed then only child process completed.From my knowledged about os the child process must complete ...