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License for free source (re)distribution, but no distribution of modified executables

Question I want to put a phone/tablet app on Github and want to allow full rights for using, studying, sharing and modifying the source code, but disallow any redistribution of executables that ...
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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 there a license that forbids distribution and gives a Github repo owner full rights? [duplicate]

I created a Chrome browser extension, and I want to post the code on Github so developers can contribute to the project. My goal is to keep this as one single project though, and I fear that a lot of ...
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Handling one code base for multiple clients, with their own custom code

I am working on a CMS, in which we have multiple clients that use it, so the code is stored on their servers. Each client has the default code (user manager, pages manager etc), but every client also ...
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Managing codebase for basic and pro edition of a project

I have a project which will have basic and professional edition. The professional edition will have all the features of the basic edition. I am using git to manage the project's codebase. I consider ...
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How to collaborate on features using github

github encourages 1 fork per user, so that that user can work independently on a feature and then request that feature to be accepted into the main repository via pull request. However, what if 2 ...
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Organisation GitHub account. Secure to use for personal projects?

So a large client of mine gave me access to their Organisation GitHub account. With it came a login for myself (on github.companyname.com) and of course access to certain repos on their company ...
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Why “Fork me on GitHub”?

I understand how GitHub works, but one thing I've been confused about is, why almost every OSS project lately has a "Fork me on GitHub" link on their homepage. For example, http://jqtjs.com/, ...
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Is it acceptable to upload offensive content to GitHub?

I developed an offensive content checker for my website and want to publish it on GitHub. However, the source code contains many offensive, racist and otherwise nasty content. The source is fully ...
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Etiquette for editing someone's pull request

I own a repository on GitHub to which someone sent a pull request with one single commit. I only want to implement his solution partially, and use about half of the code changes the user made. What ...
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Casual projects on Github omit error checking, logging, etc., for the sake of clarity?

I just started using GitHub to socialize some projects for simple chat and peer-to-peer apps. With respect to coding, is it customary to omit exception handling, error checking, logging, etc., to ...
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GitHub Organizations for a project spanning multiple repositories?

I've started a project that involves at least three repositories on GitHub. One of the repositories is a generic documentation-and-examples dump, and the other two contain the implementation of two ...
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Can I use the code for responsive video on this github link under a license?

This is the link: https://gist.github.com/jgarber/2302238 I am new to github and web development.So please bear with my questions. I would like to use the responsive video code on the link mentioned ...
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Using Git - better to do lot of incremental updates or one big daily update? [duplicate]

Ive just started working with Git (Github) in anticipation for an up coming project I'm project managing and designing and developing the front end of. One thing I couldn't work out is, is it ...
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How/Where do I give my github commit a version?

I 'm just learning to give project versions. I understand writing details about the changes in my project when committing, but where should I put my version number for my project?
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My github pull request was merged, what's the convention at this stage?

I forked a project on Github, made a small change and sent a pull request to the original maintainer, who has pulled it in. Now the last commit there is Merged pull request #11 from ...
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GitShell, how can I not type the username and passwords?

Open the CMD, and I should type the password and usename? In the GitShell opened by shortcut, I don't need to type the username and password. Related is here: How can I convert GitShell's ...
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When should we clean up old, no longer used GIT branches? [duplicate]

We have several bugfix branches that are starting to pile up. They have been merged into master, and deployed to production. Is there a good benchmark for when these branches should be cleaned up? ...
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Which is better for small bug fixes and small features - naming branches by ticket number or naming them by feature description?

I am in the middle of a disagreement (cordial, of course) with my lead about proper branch naming. This applies to bug-fix and small feature branches, not long-running feature branches. For ...
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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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How do I license my software under a free license?

I wrote a number of NodeJS modules (some of which are actually good, in my modest opinion). I basically forgot to set a license for them. I would like to pick the AGPL (Affero GPL). How do I do ...
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GIT Permissions [closed]

There is something not clear for me and this is how to prevent other people read my code. The thing is that I want people create their own branches but not to view the other's branches. If someone is ...
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Should I open pull requests from a branch on the official repo or my fork?

I have commit access on an open source project named Foo hosted on GitHub (there are many other committers if that is relevant). I would like to make a change via pull request so that someone else ...
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How do you get into the habit of using a repository (e.g. GitHub)?

Are there some best practices on the repository front, or some common newcomer-traps that I should avoid? I have recently been reading about the benefits of repositories even for single-developer ...
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Should I fork in case the upstream deletes

I'm creating an open source PHP project that reuses other open source code instead of reinventing the wheel. I'm using composer to pull these projects into my vendor folder. What happens if these ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Will git whine if I create my projects in multiple directories? [closed]

I'm new to git (and github). I work in Java and Python. Right now, I manage my projects in only one directory - let's call it Code and the folder is on my Desktop. I want to group my projects by the ...
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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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What could be the use of forking a repository in a github's organization?

I'm trying to figure it out some nice workflow for our company, and we have so far the main repository on the github's organization account and we all, the members of the team working on the branches ...
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git tagging comments - best practices

I've adopted a tagging system of x.x.x.x, and this works fine. However, you also need to leave a comment with your git tag. I've been using descriptions such as "fixes bug Y" or "feature X", but is ...
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What information should be in the github README.md?

What information would you expect to see in the github README? Should everything go in the README? i.e. Introduction Installation Versions User Guide Implementation Testing Related Resources Or ...
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Is licensing required for public repositories?

I am planning to start the public repository on github. In this repository I will be sharing code which I will be posting in my blog. I have seen lot of repositories without any license. Is it ...
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Best github repository layout for snippets in multiple programming languages

I have to create a github-presence for an open-source organization. The aim is to distribute code snippets and reference implementations in different programming languages. These contributions are ...
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github tools - is there a way not to copyright your app and stay its author

I am wondering... Recently I have observed github; I saw many Java projects' codes which don't have copyright at their headers... I mean, as I may guess, in this case the only thing which can prove ...
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Solution with multiple projects and (GitHub) single issue tracker and repository

I have a Visual Studio solution with multiple projects: Acme.Core Acme.Core.Tests Acme.UI.MvcSite1 Acme.UI.MvcSite2 Acme.UI.WinformsApp1 Acme.UI.WinformsApp2 ... The entire solution is checked-in ...
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Multiple SSH keys for different organizations

I can see that GitHub allows you to have multiple mail account and associate every organization you are part of with a different address. Can this be done also for SSH keys? What I would like to do ...
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GitHub access to repo: only with URL? [closed]

I'm finishing my dissertation and want/need to provide the source code of some analysis scripts I've used. I did all the version control with git. Because I want to publish the results generated with ...
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Using one repository for the foundation of another

I have an existing website theme that I have built. I've been using github to maintain this theme, let's call it dragon. We are changing the theme entirely but we're using the existing theme as a ...
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How safe & trustworthy are hosting sites such as sourceforge, github or bitbucket for closed-source projects?

I am considering using sourceforge, bitbucket or github for managing source control for my business. I have open projects and I participate in open projects such as gcc. But I also have a business ...
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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 ...
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Could submitting a Pull Request ever constitute accepting a Contributor Licence Agreement?

Some software projects have a Contributor Licence Agreement. The agreement could, for instance, assign copyright of 3rd-party contributions to the original project creator. Could submitting a Pull ...
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Git submodule vs Git clone

I am working on an opensource project on github. It has a subdirectory /Vendor in which it has a copy of several external libraries. Original maintainer of the project updated this directory with ...
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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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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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code review with git-flow and github

With regular git and github I can do a code review by simply creating a pull request of the feature branch I'm working on to the master branch. How would I do code reviews with git-flow? With workflow ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)?

It seems to me that the best way to manage priority for programming tasks in a backlog is to simply put them in order. Do the top task first, second one next. If priority changes, re-order the queue. ...
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Proper Git setup between designers and developers?

Basically we now have 2 developers for an iOS project, 2 developers for an Android project and 1 designer doing designs for both projects. Right now, the way we exchange designs and images is through ...