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Why big internet companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc) going open source way? [on hold]

These very large internet companies using, developing, and promoting open source technologies like crazies. What is the rationale behind promoting and developing open source tools and technologies ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [on hold]

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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Relationship between .NET for Linux and Mono [on hold]

Microsoft announced last year that .NET will be open sourced. How does this impact the relationship between Mono and .NET for Linux. Will .NET Linux supersede Mono or will parts of of Mono go into ...
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How to develop custom functions on top of Ejabberd? [on hold]

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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MAXIMO LDAP: refused to connect [closed]

MXSession session = MXSession.getNewSession(); String connHost = host + ":" + rmiPort + "/" + serverName; System.out.println("Connecting to " + connHost); session.setHost(connHost); ...
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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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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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Finding open source to work on, and increasing job competitivness [closed]

I would like to work on an open source project, but it has to increase competitiveness for jobs/freelance work. How do I go about finding such a project? How much work would it require to get ...
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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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Naming your software and uniqueness

When it comes to naming your software product (whether an application or a library), what do you do? It seems impossible to choose a name which isn't already taken by some other piece of software, ...
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How to rewrite from scratch a code for which I own the copyright so I can use it on my job without losing the rights to the first version?

Well I don't want to make it open-source! That's the problem. But I do want to use it on my current job. Company did not agree to sign any alternative license with me and told me to rewrite everything ...
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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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Would it be ethical to create an open source alternative to the software you've been hired to create?

Say you were hired to create education software that will be sold to students of a particular academic institution. You are the only developer working on this project and have written all of the code. ...
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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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Open Source license that prevents from bundling with adware?

I wrote a small tool I published on my blog. I did not even think about the license, just put the binaries there for everyone to download. Now I am thinking about making it open source (BSD or GPL) ...
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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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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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Releasing open source software too soon [closed]

What is the moral responsibility of releasing open source software too soon? For instance, a close-to-complete product that hasn't been fully tested. What is the expectation of the programmer? Wait ...
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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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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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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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What are the most popular methods for pricing options? [closed]

I am taking a college finance course and was interested in methods that price options. If anyone knows any, I would appreciate a link or description. Thanks!
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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 ...
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Is it necessary to apply to anywhere other than to add a file as LICENSE.txt for open source or free software licensing? [duplicate]

I am going to continue a game engine project I didn't engage in for a long time.I amatourly writed some core libraries using OpenGL with C++. Because I am not that into programming in general, I am ...
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How to credit authors when open sourcing a fresh snapshot of a private repo?

I've read through How to open-source a project whose git repository has copyrighted media in the history? but my question is: how to credit authors when open sourcing a fresh snapshot of a private ...
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Open Source code in Closed Source project [closed]

If I am using open source code in my project but don't want to release any source code, what license should I use?
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Can one deny specific parties the right to use and modify otherwise open source software?

I have an open source project that has the attention of some peers, and several of them are eager to contribute. There is one amongst them, however, who I wish (largely for comedic purposes; it's a ...
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Program to look at the first say 5 characters of a word and return a string if that string is actually the first 5 characters of a word?

For example, say I have a string and it has the letters: RDNAL This is not an actual English word or it doesn't start an actual english word, so the program would skip this string and would avoid ...
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How should I contribute to a (mostly) abandoned GitHub project?

I've recently been trying to get into open source collaboration in GitHub and have run into a situation for which I am curious what is the preferred way to proceed. About a month ago, I found a ...
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What to include from permissive licensed Open Source library?

I'm writing a library and toolset for the manipulation of a software's data files. The library and toolset are written in Python. As I build the library, I start to rely on 3rd party libraries that ...
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Is it possible 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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How can I convince my manager to contribute back to the open source community? [closed]

I'm currently working within a large corporation that has a department specifically for open source development. The idea being, someone comes to us with a project, and we develop solutions based on ...
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How to get started on an existing large project [duplicate]

I have recently started a new job. My workplace uses an opensource project and I am expected to do enhancements on top of that. The problem is, I am the only developer in house. Other developers who ...
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How to offer money to an open source project?

There's an open source project on GitHub that is very useful, but doesn't have a feature I want and which a fair number of other users have been clamoring for in the issues. There's already an ...
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Is relying on Demorgan's law in open-source code a barrier to contribution?

I recently added this code to a Github project I'm working on: if not initial_push=='y' and not initial_push=='yes': print('Aborting.') return False Since this is a public ...
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Convince Windows SmartScreen and web browser that my application is safe?

I am developing a Free and Open-Source software (C++). When I download my own application from a web link, Microsoft Smart Screen and Google Chrome are getting in the way since it comes from and ...
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Start to understand an existing project for beginner programmer

I want to understand an existing project for improve myself more but i am not sure that project is overwhelming for me or not. I am not sure i am capable to understand it. I even think that i will be ...
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How to distribute copyrighted resources with and open source project?

I would like to create an open source GPLv3 project that will work with other resources that are under different types of copyright (e.g. free to use, but must not sell). Because of this, I can't ...
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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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Can GPL licensed code be close sourced later by the author? [duplicate]

Suppose someone writes some code, and publishes it as open source under the GPL. Later they decide to close source their application and put it for sale. Is that in violation of the GPL? All code in ...
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Why is jQuery released under MIT and not LGPL?

Why is jQuery released under MIT and not LGPL? What are the benefits of using MIT compared to LGPL for a framework?
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What open source library licenses can I use in closed-source?

I like to create a closed-source program and sell it. I would like to make use of various open source libraries to make it easier to write this program. So how I will choose the libraries that I ...
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Using Database licensed under Creative Commons Attribution v3

I have access to a database which data is released under Creative Commons Attribution v3.0 I understand that using this database/data requires me to give credits on information origin in different ...