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Best open source software for managing developers projects [on hold]

I work as data analyst for an e-commerce company in the UK. The team is relatively small, so there isn't a structured tasks assignment procedure. So projects might begin as a team project then can be ...
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How to *detect* if open source software is used in a commercial product? [closed]

The established procedure regarding releasing code out in the open is to accompany it with a license. Out of the many flavors that exist (BSD, MIT, GPL, LGPL, Boost ...) there are some that prohibit ...
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How do I contribute to API documentation for open source projects [closed]

I am a technical writer and I want to create a portfolio for API documentation. How do I approach open source projects? Where can I find them? Document for products whose API ref has not been ...
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Open Source License But Maintain Prominent Attribution [migrated]

I'd like to release a program under an open source minimal restriction license but there are 2.73 bajillion options (give or take an order of magnitude). Basically our only requirements are: Don't ...
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Commercial use of an open source software [closed]

I can sell a software which uses an open source library as long as I provide the source of this software with the binaries. Can I make the source available only to those who bought the software? ...
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Open Source License that prohibits verbatim resale?

I was taking a look at this question here: Open Source License that prevents re-selling And it makes some good points on how open source is defined by its ability for resale... However, I still ...
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What prevents others from commerciallly redistributing open source software as-is? [closed]

Most, if not all, open source software licenses allow others to obtain a copy of the source code, edit, and redistribute both source and built versions of the software, edited or not. Also, more often ...
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Will changing published git history on a private repo cause problems when I make it public?

I have a github repo that is currently set to private. I'd like to make it public but before doing so would like to clean it up a little bit by squashing some commits and possibly rebasing so that the ...
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Proper use of the GPL when using a library covered by an older version

I have a piece of software that I have been working on for a while now. You can find it here. Since it is now at a stage where it could potentially be useful to other researchers, I decided to cover ...
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We are publishing an app using open source apache licensed software, Need some help understanding provisions

We are using some open source code licensed as Apache License 2.0. From what I understand, we cannot endorse the company that made the code. We are using it to develop an free app with micro ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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How to suspend open source support? [closed]

I'm the only active maintainer for an open source project, which receives support requests on various channels (Twitter, email, GitHub) almost daily. I'll be on vacation for the next three months, ...
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When I open source a project, do I have to provide info on its dependencies' licenses? [duplicate]

My company plans to open source a project, licensed with the Apache License v2.0. We will upload the source code in a public Bitbucket repository, and in order for someone to use it, he would have to ...
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Why don't open source projects pay more attention to backward compatibility [closed]

I have just spent several hours trying to find a combination of Eclipse, Maven, Tycho and Acceleo that will work together to run a batch build. All of the above are incredibly sensitive to the ...
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How do I distinguish derived code from original code?

I'm working on a Python project which extends the functionality of some other python modules. Some are part of the standard Python library and mostly use the PSF License agreement while some are ...
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Is there a client license to require servers it connects to using a certain license?

Say I create both a client and a server application. The server remains secret while the client is published under a GPL-ish license, so obviously the communication protocol can be reconstructed to ...
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How to start helping out with an open source project (Spring Integration) [duplicate]

On a professional level, I am starting to specialize myself into architecture, and enterprise integration. The last year I've been working on a project where I mostly helped out with the software and ...
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Open sourcing or rewriting proprietary code [duplicate]

I would like to use a piece of software I wrote for my company in a private open source project. I have already talked to my manager about the possibilities of the company open sourcing that software. ...
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What's the etiquette of contributing to OSS that doesn't have a Contributing page

I'm thinking about contributing to a small R package on github that has only 1 contributor. What's the standard etiquette when there's not Contributing.md page on small projects like this? Should I ...
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Licensing - Restrictive Open Source License OR Custom License [closed]

I have some source code I want to release but I'm unsure of the best license to put on it. From my research such licenses as MIT and GNU are horrible as they offer little to no protection towards ...
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Are Microsoft fonts like Impact safe to use in Open Source projects?

I made an open source project that requires the use of the Impact.ttf font from Microsoft. I looked around but couldn't find a definite license option for MIT projects. Do Microsoft's fonts (like ...
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Where and how should one announce their new open source application [closed]

Where and how should someone announce an open source application they would like the wider public to try? Obviously they can post their code somewhere like Github. There used to be Freshmeat, which ...
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How come the NSA could release SELinux as GPL when all US Gov work must be Public Domain?

I'm not sure if this is a good question for this site, but it does deal with the things to do with working as programmer. SELinux is a security enhanced version of Linux, and was initially developed ...
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GPLv3 frontend and BSD backend, do I have to disclose the backend source?

I've gone through a couple of Question on GPL here, but all of them are related to the compiled languages, libraries and distribution. My web project has a backend that is BSD licensed. The front end ...
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License question regarding open-source project which may eventually contain a commercial component

I'm beginning work on a project which I may wish to commercialize in the future. For now, though, it's just a prototype which I would like to release it with a GPL license. My concern is: if I am to ...
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What technical caveats exist using EXT file system on Windows that programmers should be aware of? [closed]

Every year I search for progress in mounting my Linux EXT (ext2,ext3,ext4) volumes on Windows. This isn't looking for those tools, I already know of things like Ext2Fsd - though if you know if ...
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Accusing closed source of using open source?

I might be missing something obvious, but how can an open source community accuse a closed source developer of copyright/license infringement? That is, if a piece of closed source software used open ...
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GPLing an implementation of a patented algorithm

TL;DR: Can you publicly release your own implementation of a patented algorithm as a free research tool for others, under the GPL, when you do not hold the patent (but will happily give clear and ...
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What to do with abandoned issues in GitHub?

If someone opens an issue on GitHub but more information to reproduce the error is asked and never given, what's the normal procedure? Example. Here the author states that the "nav breaks". While I ...
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Can GPL be implied to a derivative work?

There are three software projects: A, B and C. A is published to anyone and is licensed under GPL. B extends A, is published too, but has no license information or is mistakenly licensed under LGPL. ...
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GPL - do you need to provide the sourcecode for the dependencies?

Let's say there is a software that is build on basis of a GPL v2 licensed software. This software is being distributed in binary form. GPL requires that the source code and build instructions are made ...
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Licensing - Open Source with Paid Distribution

I have a project consisting of a core library with a number of platform-specific wrapper libraries. I want to release it all under an Open Source license (maybe MIT or LPGL). I also want to sell the ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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License opensource app for non-commercial

I wish to create an app for studying Japanese Kanji. However I'm uncertain which license would best fit it. I want my app to be Opensource so that I can use the code for tutorials and other people may ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Does using the Telegram API mandate releasing the source code under a GPL license? [closed]

Telegram has provided API, through which programmers can connect to telegram servers, enabling them to implement clients for the messaging system. They also have released some open source client ...
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What should I ask for when verifying open source compliance of purchased commercial software?

Our company was recently acquired, and I've been tasked to verify that our software is compliant with respect to open source licenses. Specifically, I have been asked to obtain from software vendors ...
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Are there any impediment in the Apache License 2.0 to sell software?

If my project uses a part of the other person protected by the Apache License 2.0 code, I can sell it and keep as open source or there is any impediment to sell? The license itself I think very ...
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Choosing a software license that requires written permission to use commercially

I'm looking for a license that I haven't seen before. I would like a license that allows other people to use my code non-commercially, but unless they have written permission they should not be able ...
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Using Open Source code in a project

I'm having a little trouble in understanding how exactly Open Source licenses actually work. I have programmed for a while, but just for my personal use and I wrote all the code I needed myself. As ...
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Advice for volunteer developers learning large codebases [closed]

Working in an open source project has the result that sometimes developers with no experience in the codebase attempt to "learn the code" on their own. There is a reccurring trap I've seen, where new ...
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Should my program be flawless at release [duplicate]

I'm building a big, very complex piece of open-source software, and it's killing me trying to make what I have as "clean" as it needs to be. What I want to know is: If there is an undetected flaw in ...
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Is it actually possible (practically) to sell Open Source software? [duplicate]

Open source software can be used for commercial purposes. It is said that You can even sell Open Source software. How does this work? If I sell my open-source product (copyleft or permissive), ...
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Is it legal to include BSD licensed code within an MIT licensed project? [duplicate]

If this is possible, how do I go about putting this in the license file or in the source files where the BSD licensed code was used?
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Enforcing open source software license

How can one enforce open source licensing terms on the usage of its derivative works? For example, if a software is GPL licensed, and I use that software to develop some closed-source application of ...
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If I fork a project on Github that is licensed under MIT, how to I handle the attribution and copyright notice?

If I plan to fork an MIT project and significantly modify and rename it, how do I handle the copyright notice above the MIT license on the main License file. Would I list the original author and my ...
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What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation? [closed]

I have recently learned about several cool open source add-on tools and libraries for Microsoft Visual Studio. The tools just help you be more productive; the libraries would get linked into the ...
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Open source License that doesn't require credit [closed]

Is there a known open-source license where the user who reuses or redistributes the code is not required to give credit to the author? This is actually the same as just assuming copyright to the ...
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Restrict cluster size with closed-source module in otherwise open-source program

I work in an academic research institute heavily dependent on high-performance computing. In the 10 years we have developed our own Fortran code which is very well regarded and can run on very large ...
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Working on Free Software [closed]

My main experience is with iOS, but I'd like to move into writing free and open source software instead. Are there many jobs out there that allow you to work on projects like this? I've looked on the ...