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1answer
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Is a guardfile part of the private developers environment or the public OSS project?

Let us say I have an open source project on github. Now I wish to include tools required to develop the project so others can easily contribute. It is hard for me to tell when these tools should be ...
2
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1answer
159 views

And at what point of modification to the original does source code with no license become owned by me?

I've recently come across a publicly viewable project on Github that has no license associated with it. In this repo, there is a file with the logic and most of the code needed to work as a piece of ...
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1answer
59 views

Is any one of these the right way to write a license for your opensource project forked and modified from an existing one with different authors?

I've used parts of source from an existing Java library project with what appears to be a 3-clause BSD license. I've made significant changes to the library which makes it possible to use it in a new ...
0
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1answer
167 views

Sharing on Github

Over the past couple weeks I have gotten a lot of help from StackOverflow users on a project, and rather than keep the finished product to myself I wanted to share it unencumbered by licenses, but ...
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2answers
202 views

Do you have to rename the software when you fork a repo?

I forked a repo some time ago and created a few pull requests which went unanswered. Now, the software is MIT-licensed, and I kept the copyright notice there. Do I have to rename the software, or ...
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3answers
171 views

Etiquette using code found on GitHub and using Code beyond included Libraries

I've been trying to find what I'm supposed to do when I want to use code I find on GitHub. I think this post had some good information but I'm still somewhat confused. I want to use code found in ...
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1answer
517 views

How do I better engage the users who starred my project on GitHub?

I recently put up a project, called Hebel, that I've been working on to GitHub. It's a framework for GPU accelerated deep learning written in Python and Nvidia CUDA. I posted about it on Google+ and ...
2
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1answer
163 views

Can the GitHub pull request process constitute an electronic signature of a CLA?

I appreciate the need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) in open source software projects and even understand that some tools are starting to make this process easier (like the low-friction ...
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1answer
81 views

When using the Apache license, is there still a need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA)?

I can certainly see the need for CLAs with a terser license like MIT or BSD, but the more verbose Apache seems to already have that type of verbiage in it. I would prefer to not add this level of ...
3
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2answers
552 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
141 views

General way for getting graphics for open source project

I'm in process of making an open source application for Windows. In the end I would require an icons for my app and its gui. I'm huge fan of Tango styled icons, but its pack doesn't provide all icons ...
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1answer
78 views

Is there a tool or process to help FOSS authors agree on a license? [closed]

The Evercookie project has several contributors and there is no explicit license for the code. There is currently discussion on the dev mailing list trying to figure out what the licensing options ...
4
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1answer
407 views

Best way to convert existing project to be open source in GitHub

I've been working on a personal closed source project for some time and would like to make it open source. I've never created my own open source project before so it will be a good learning ...
3
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1answer
97 views

Open source licensing of derived works

I derived an open-sourced work, Service-Nucleus, based on Netflix's Karyon (Apache License) and Google's AngularJS (MIT License). I want to make sure proper licensing and copyrights are in place, and ...
1
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2answers
604 views

What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects? [duplicate]

I started to get more and more engaged in open source development and I was wondering if there are any guidelines on how to properly document and maintain a fork? For example, let's say you fork a ...
10
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1answer
418 views

What is proper etiquette for releasing a complete rewrite of an existing project?

I'm new to the opensource world. The project I'm working on resides on Github. (Just for reference) The project I'm working on is a plug-in for the Plex Media Server. I plan to submit my plug-in to ...
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2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
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3answers
939 views

Can my GitHub and SourceForge account share the same repository?

I like that SourceForge can also let people browse your code using Git. But, before I even set up the project on SourceForge, I had a GitHub repository for it. Now that I have created my SourceForge ...
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2answers
432 views

If I own an open source project why would I not host it on Github? [closed]

I've noticed that one rather well-known open source project (which I won't name so that noone focuses too much on that specific project) offers sources for download as a .zip via FTP instead of having ...
11
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1answer
2k views

What is proper etiquette and recommended GitHub workflow for simultaneously contributing to and diverging from upstream repo?

I'm new to GitHub and VCS in general. I've been programming in various languages for years, but I've always worked solo on custom projects (no public releases). I recently started using a jQuery UI ...
29
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3answers
1k views

How to deal with well-meaning open-source contributors?

If a programmer contacts you and asks to contribute to your project, how do you handle it? You don't know if this guy is any good. Perhaps he'll be more trouble than he's worth. He might be trying ...
4
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5answers
1k views

Security issue about making my code public in GitHub

I'm developing a big community/forum website and I'd like to upload my code to GitHub to have at least some sort of version control over it (because I have nothing other than a .rar file as a backup, ...
11
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7answers
2k views

Is it OK to push my code to GitHub while it is still in early development?

I have some projects that are in a very early development state. They are nowhere nearing completion but I do host them (as public repos) on GitHub because: I have multiple computers and I want ...
9
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3answers
501 views

How signing out a CLA prevents legal issues in open-source projects?

For example: yeoman. It's licensed under a BSD license. The CLA form (Contributor License Agreement) isn't project specific, and it can be signed electronically. How and what issues can signing out ...
10
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5answers
2k views

what are the advantages and disadvantages of putting code for an unfinished project on github

I'm stating to work on a project that I intend to release as open source via the githubs. What are the advantages of putting the code on github from the outset, as opposed to waiting until the project ...
37
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2answers
13k views

Getting involved on Github (how to find projects) [closed]

I want to contribute to open source projects on Github. Mostly, I'd like to just start out fixing small bugs or adding features. I don't have a particular project in mind. I'd like to work on C, C++, ...
4
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2answers
293 views

Is it OK to include another person's open-source module in a project that you are uploading to GitHub?

This seems like it would be an obvious "yes". However, I just want to be sure and I've tried googling around to no avail. I am learning Python/Django and uploading all of the projects I'm creating to ...
10
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3answers
4k views

GitHub: Are there external tools for managing issues list vs. project backlog

Recently I posted one of my the projects1 on GitHub and as I was exploring capabilities of the site, I noticed they have a rather decent issue tracking section. I want to use that section as a) other ...
6
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2answers
651 views

How to use code from abandoned github projects

I've recently come across github projects that I could really use, but appear to have been abandoned, with lots of issues and important pull requests, perhaps 100+ forks. Often, there isn't an ...
1
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4answers
218 views

Some advice in open sourcing objective-c code? [closed]

I've been working on an iPhone app for the past month and am interested in open sourcing some of its code. I built a few categories that others might find useful for generating filler data during ...
2
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2answers
132 views

Submit issue, pull request, or both for a very small fix?

I've made a 4-line bug fix to a minor issue in a library on github. The project is actively maintained with changes every few days. What is the ideal way to submit a fix that small? Is it to fork, ...
8
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2answers
242 views

How should contributions to an open source project be managed by the owner(s)?

When managing an open source project (using a service like GitHub) how would one respond to the following: Somebody has kindly submitted a patch to add a new feature or address a problem. Any one of ...
3
votes
3answers
283 views

When you create an open source project, how to know who's participating and if his version is good?

my friend has developed a CAD program in C, here it is http://web2coders.jrcw3.com/ i have convinced him to go open source, but we have some concerns: if you upload a project to sourceforge or ...
6
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2answers
536 views

how to get more and better contribute in github?

I have use github for a while, but my project is only one developer -- myself. I want to get some contribute from others, and some of my friends said they can give me some patch, but we all don't ...
2
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1answer
201 views

Does Google Code source hosting have an API like Github [closed]

I looked and looked, and perhaps I am dense, but I could not find an API for open source projects on Google Code, similar to that offered by Github. Does it exist?