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Displaying copyright notice for OSS in closed source Android app

I am considering the usage of various open source libraries in a closed source Android app. The libraries are released under various licenses (MIT, BSD modern, Apache 2.0) which allow this kind of ...
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Releasing libraries used in a commercial application as GPL

While I was at university I developed some PHP libraries which I intended for personal use. I used them in a few personal projects. When I joined my current job we created a commercial product which ...
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How to develop custom functions on top of Ejabberd?

I'm developing a real time chat app. After searching around for a while, I found Ejabberd and Erlang is a good option. The question is the Ejabberd is not providing all the functions I need. I need ...
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What are my considerations when choosing between my open-source and a supported solution? [closed]

I came into a project recently that is experimenting with the use of business process management open-source software to try to implement custom solutions within our business. The software we've ...
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Closed source proprietary web application with an AGPL source code in iframe or sub-domain [closed]

In a closed source proprietary web application, if I use an AGPL product in a sub-domain or in an iframe do I have to open-source my project? If answer is no, is it possible that both applications ...
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Is Java free/open source or not?

On November 13, 2006, Sun released much of Java as free and open source software, (FOSS), under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On May 8, 2007, Sun finished the process, making all ...
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Open source code with no license… can I fork it?

A few years ago somebody created a bunch of really awesome and quite popular shell scripts. They don't work in the latest version of Mac OS X, because a filepath has changed. All you need to do is ...
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Are there open-source JavaScript libraries addressing multiple browser tabs and client state for newer browsers? [closed]

There are a few new HTML5 features that have made it into recent browsers that allow sharing state among tabs, browser windows, same domain windows, etc. So it's probably gotten a little easier to ...
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Does your company have a written policy about contributing to open-source projects? [closed]

Does your company have a written policy about contributing to open-source projects? We've been contributing "don't ask don't tell" style, but it's time to write something down. I'd appreciate both ...
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best way to attach database structure for an open source project

I have a small project which I want to publish on github. The problem is that my project contains a database. I don't know what is the best way to attach the database structure. I may get the create ...
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Including GPLv2 code in GPLv3 code

I would like to use some code that was released under GPLv2 in my project. I released my project with the GPLv3 license. Can I do this, or do I have to downgrade to GPLv2?
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How can I develop a productive Git(hub) branch workflow for an open source project?

I am writing a simple framework that I want to open source just for experience (and fun!). However, it has some cool ideas that could make it grow to a larger project and I want to be ready if that ...
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AGPL - If I modify the source code do I HAVE to distribute it?

I am looking at extending/modifying a web application licensed under AGPL for my own business. The program that I am modifying doesn't interact with the public, but with my employees who will be using ...
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Is it ethical for a programmer to promote his/her own library? [closed]

Fairly recently I started maintaining my own open source JavaScript library. I created it to solve a pretty specific need but fairly regularly see questions that can be solved (in whole/part) by using ...
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Library in open source app [closed]

I am about to release free open source app on Google Play, which uses some classes from danielnadeau's HoloGraphLibrary (bitbucket.org/danielnadeau/holographlibrary/wiki/Home). Library is under Apache ...
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Does using GCC specific builtins qualify as incorporation within a project?

I understand that linking to a program licensed under the GPL requires that you release the source of your program under the GPL as well, while the LGPL does not require this. The terminology of the ...
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Standard practice to publish and source-control a single file?

I often want to publish some useful standalone script - e.g., a matlab script which converts flac files into wav files. If it were a big project I would immediately place it in Github, however it ...
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Is it acceptable to release a paid application to interface with an open-source backend?

I'm currently in development of an application that consists of two parts: PHP files that a user uploads to their own server, and a smartphone application. Because the PHP files are going to reside ...
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Python Open Source Development

I am looking to contribute to some Python projects on Github, and I am looking for a bit of clarification on the mechanics of doing this effectively. As I understand it, the typical workflow is as ...
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Copyrights for Open Source projects [duplicate]

Say I'm developing a piece of Open Source software (BSD-Like permissive license) and I write the initial release entirely on my own. After the initial release however I would like numerous other ...
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Forks of MIT licensed projects

Let's take an example: User A MIT license Copyright (C) 2014, User A User B other license (not MIT) in which people who fork won't require mention of the current copyright ...
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GPL license for software and online service comparison

I have two questions that are linked : 1) Can someone sell a fork of an open-source software under GPL without distributing the source? Example: Can I modify a little bit GIMP, repackage it under ...
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Open-source licenses and modifications

I see in the GPL license FAQ : Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public? (#GPLRequireSourcePostedPublic) The GPL does not require you to release ...
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Why aren't there code overviews for open-source projects? [closed]

There are very complex open source projects out there, and to some of them I think I could make some contributions, and I wish I could, but the barrier to entry is too high for a single reason: for ...
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It is safe to accept money for open source software that you've written? [closed]

I've written an open source library for iOS, and I've received an email from an overseas developer who wants to pay me for my work so that he doesn't have to attribute in his app. The code is ...
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Isn't open source bad for developers themselves? [closed]

Why do programmers even like the idea of open source? I am not talking about the creators of those projects, of course they get fame, but I am talking about the industry in general, why are we so fond ...
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What does 'Nightly Builds' mean?

I have been using open source projects for a while and been developing upon the open source applications and every so often I come across the words 'Nightly Build' and I have always been curious as to ...
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Original GLUT library was open source, but license prevented releasing any changes to it. What could be the rationale behind such license? [closed]

Original GLUT library is open source, even on GitHub, yet the license doesn't allow any changes to be released publicly (but you can change it for use in your own projects, as is often exercised in ...
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When to choose an open source license?

There are many good questions out there about choosing an open source license, reasons to go open source, etc. However I have not seen an answer to this question and I feel like more people could ...
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What exactly does the condition in the MIT license imply?

To quote the license itself: Copyright (C) [year] [copyright holders] Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated ...
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Linking against LGPL - How to share the code?

I'm working on an Open Source software project (LGPL) which uses another LGPL-licensed software. To make it easier for users and developers I'm delivering and linking against the compiled thirdparty. ...
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How should I select continuous integration tool? [closed]

I found this cool comparison table for integration servers on Wikipedia, but I am a little uncertain how to rank the tools vs. my needs and interests. The chart itself seems to have a lot of boxes ...
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Can software with a restrictive open source license (GPL,AGPL) be used as part of a tool chain in a commercial software package? [duplicate]

If we use a nice library like TetGen, generate a simple application-wrapper that simplifies our needs and publish it as open source, can we use it inside some Pipe/Chain of applications used in our ...
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Do I have to make source code open, if I use GPLv2 licensed software to derive data

I'm working on a calendar project, on my own. In this project I've to use Swiss Ephemeris. It is licensed under GPLv2 and commercial. With commercial version of license, developers entitled to ...
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What is meant by Open Source Programming Language? [closed]

What does it mean when we say that it is an open source programming language? I mean is it the implementation (compiler/runtime) of the language which can be open or close in nature or something else. ...
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Software license without modify

I have my own company, and I would like to release our customer management system as open source so everybody can see what we do. But it is very important to me that I don't want anyone else to use ...
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How would one handle external dependencies in an open-source project?

When one writes an open-source project and uses Google Code or GitHub, and wants to use a library like Lua, how should one do this? Should the dependency be included in the repository? Should the ...
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Is it better to have publicly viewable FOSS code even if it is not your best work compared to none at all for employment? [duplicate]

I have a number of foss tools I have written and have released but under aliases. I guess I am worried that the code is not my absolute best and is not the most robust code around. So I have always ...
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Java Licenses, GPL, GNU Questions

I would like to ask a few questions about software licenses, with regards to a (Java) program I am making. I am very very new to licenses, so please bear with me. 1. If I produce a Java program using ...
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Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?

There is some code which is GPL or LGPL that I am considering using for an iPhone project. If I took that code (JavaScript) and rewrote it in a different language for use on the iPhone would that be ...
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Applications using GPL code and run-time libraries of proprietary IDEs

The GPL is described as a 'highly viral' license (if an application contains code which is licensed under GPL, distribution requires open sourcing of the whole application). Do I understand correctly ...
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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 ...
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GPL - No version mentioned [closed]

This software is allowed to use under GPL or you need to obtain Commercial License to use it in non-GPL project. The above is mentioned on an open source project. It does not mention GPLv3 or ...
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Why do I have to keep my open source software license in the root?

Nearly all open source software licenses require (or at least lawyers generally suggest they require) users to include the full license in the root of the project that they are protecting. One lawyer ...
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How to make an open source project popular? [closed]

I have recently started a project, a CSS/JS library, on Github. I'm already pretty far with it and was wondering: How do I make it popular? How did other libraries that are very famous now, like ...
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“Open-source” licenses that explicitly prohibit military applications

I am a researcher, and in my research I do a lot of programming. I am a big fan of the open-source concept - especially in research, where transparency and reproducibility is already a big part of the ...
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How to responsibly handle license mistakes?

Say I push to a public repository an original file that I cover under a specific license. I later (or even immediately) find out that this license is incompatible with other licenses in the project. ...
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Is there a chart for helping me decide between open-source licenses? [closed]

The Open Source Initiative lists 9 different licenses in their list of "License that are popular and widely used or with strong communities". I want to license my project as open-source. ...
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Having unwanted bits in version control history

Consider having a project which you would want to release as open-source. There are parts which you have removed, but still remain in version control history. License of those parts is not ...
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Using a zLib like icensed library which has dependencies on LGPL or GPL libs; what license am I able to release my project under?

If I use an Open Source library which is released under a zLib like license, but it has dependencies on libraries that are using LGPL or GPL; what license am I able to release my project under? If I ...