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How to make an open source project popular? [on hold]

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 ...
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How does the GNU General Public License (GPL) conform to the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Open Source Definition (OSD)?

From the OSI's OSD: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution ...
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GPL- How much source must be released?

Suppose I have a GPL v2-licensed library that is of interest to a closed-source project (e.g. Wolfram Alpha). If some of my code were used in Wolfram Alpha, or a product that interfaces with Wolfram ...
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Which programming idiom to choose for this open source library?

I have an interesting question about which programming idiom is easier to use for beginner developers writing concrete file parsing classes. I'm developing an open source library, which one of the ...
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How can open source projects be successful without documentation about their design or architecture?

I want to improve my programming skills by studying famous open source projects, but I find it is easy to get lost by just jumping into their source code. So I decided to read their documentation ...
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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 hasn't C# gained much traction within the opensource community? [closed]

I'm not expecting C# to be on par with say Java or Python in the open source community, but it still surprises me just how far behind it is. 'Multi language' open source repos like google code or ...
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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 it's Wiki description. It states: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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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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Should we enforce code style in our large codebase? [duplicate]

By "code style" I mean 2 things: Style, eg. // bad if(foo){ ... } // good if (foo) { ... } Conventions and idiomaticity, where two ways of writing the same thing are functionally equivalent, but ...
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How to handle growth of an open source project?

I've been involved in helping out doing support for an open source project for a year or two now, and the project has gained a lot of popularity since I started. The program sees more than 100,000 ...
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How does code produced on an open-source framework is affected by it's original license (MIT in this case)

I'm looking into building a new PHP commercial app for a client that will be hosted as a paid service and possibly resold to third parties with a non-compete clause. I've tested a few frameworks and ...
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Open source from protected rights

I've got a question about author rights and open source software. Assuming I want to build a software. A similar software is already created, but isn't free at all and owned by a company. Can a build ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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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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Open Source-Only license

I want to know if a license exists that is similar to GPL but allows only source distribution (that is no binary distribution). Why do I want this? The idea is that I want fellow programmers to be ...
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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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I made improvements to free code I found online and notified the author. Was this the right thing to do? [closed]

I recently used a library from http://www.braemoor.co.uk/software/index.shtml (the EU VAT No validation library at http://www.braemoor.co.uk/software/vat.shtml) in a project at work. It mentions as ...
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Are there open-source JavaScript libraries addressing multiple browser tabs and client state for newer browsers?

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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Is it allowed to distribute a program which source code is under Ms-PL to paying customers?

What I want to do is bundle XML Notepad (as is, no modifications) with the installation of our commercial product. Instead of telling the customer "go to ...
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Can a closed-source programming language survive? [closed]

A friend has written a programming language. It has a syntax reminiscent of SGML. He has written an interpreter for it, and an IDE. He and his colleagues use it in-house as a server-side language. It ...
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Need an open-source license with a small commercial addition [closed]

I'm working on an open-source project and people can use it and modify it, no problems here. The only thing that I don't want to allow is that people exploit it and earn money using my work (because ...
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How to list open source license owner

I am releasing software developed in a university under the Apache 2.0 license. I would like advice on who to list as the license owner. Would I list only my boss who co-authored the software and ...
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Does CC0 allow sublicensing of derived works?

I want to release all my future FOSS projects under a "public domain" license such as CC0. This is in order to avoid the requirement for attribution present in most FOSS licenses, mainly when the code ...
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How can I close my Open Source project and what is required from me in order to make it closed source?

Let's say I wanted to close my "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" licensed project, to which I'm the only contributor, and make it closed source. Do I still need to make the existing "GPL v 2.0 (or similar)" ...
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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 ...
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Source code modification and GPLv3 compatibility

Assume that the source file A contains the following license notice: "This code is Copyright 1234 by XYZ. It may be freely redistributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not ...
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Open source license that requires visible attribution in derivative works?

My company has a client-side web application that we would like to open-source. We don't want to impose any restrictions on usage, except that any modifications and derivative works should contain a ...
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Modifying the MIT license for modified source code?

I have made a large number of modifications to some MIT-licensed source code to tailor it to the requirements of my project. Since this is JavaScript (for a website) the minified source code is ...
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Why GPL was made so that it requires open application code yet not open pipe of compiled applications?

Say we have a GPL library (CGAL for example). We have a big tasks chain like pipes modeling and testing. We would love to use library for our indoors application yet we must open sources... so we make ...
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Determine Programming Language Used for Project Based on Source Code

Is there an easy way to determine which programming languages were used in a project assuming you have access to the source code? I have been programming for quite some time, so I can recognize most ...
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Open source license limitations and compatiblity [closed]

I am new to open source licenses and it seems very confusing, therefore need some suggestions. We are developing an application which utilities existing components with following license types: ...
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Open-sourcing a proprietary library without certain features

I hope I'm in the right place to ask that. I have a question regarding the practice of open-sourcing a proprietary library that we built and use at work. The licence will probably be MIT. I like the ...
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Software monetization that is not evil [closed]

I have a free open-source project with around 800K downloads to date. I've been contacted by some monetization companies from time to time and turned them down, since I didn't want toolbar malware ...
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How to convince management of making our project open source? [duplicate]

Xamarin 3 was released last week with a great new addition: Xamarin.Forms . This triggered our attention because we've been using such a system for a couple of years now. We've developed it by ...
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Should I follow an open source project's documentation patterns even if they are bad?

I've considered making modules and the like for various languages and other open source things. Where documentation is not specified but rather is communal de facto standard or entirely ad hoc; should ...
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What is the “default” software license?

If I release some code and binaries, but I don't include any license at all with it, what are the legal terms that apply by default (in the US, where I am). I know that I automatically have copyright ...
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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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OSS dual licensing / market segregation

I have an open-source project, which I would like to commercially license to various types of businesses. xGPL licenses do not work for me since they don't allow any conditional addenda. What I'm ...
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What's the copyright status of boilerplate code?

I check Open Source Compliance for commercial code. I have recently found a few examples where the commercial source is matched against quite a few OSS projects. The matches are very similar, but ...
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Why do some open source projects do not accept pull requests, but emailing patch files only

Why do some open source projects not accept pull requests, but require contributors to email patch files only? e.g. Git Although they publish code in github or other distributed scm hosting. It is not ...
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A license like the LGPL, but compatible with JavaScript

I have written a library that is quite extensive and has taken up a lot of my time, so I would like to license it properly. The LGPL seems to have many of the things I want, but does not work with ...
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The best way to open source my website [closed]

I'm creating a website where trust is a big issue, I want to prove by making it open source I actually do what I claim. Question 1. If I make my source code open, how can I prove the actual website ...
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Making money from developing Open Source Software. How does that work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making money with Open Source as a developer? I've been hearing recently that more and more developers contribute their efforts to many open-source products. Being a ...