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How to maintain a forked git repo with feature branches that upstream won't pull?

So here's a typical workflow on Github... Like some project -> fork it -> git clone https://github.com/you/someproject. Open project. Like what you see, but make some changes. Having been ...
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Can you use proprietary libraries in MPL 2.0 licensed source?

Is it legal to use a third party library in a software project that is itself licensed under MPL 2.0? So some potential project hierarchies would look like this Library Project [MPL 2.0] (Open ...
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Marking specific pieces of drastically changed open source code

I have taken a small chunk of open-source code, around a hundred lines, and found that for whatever reason, I have modified it so drastically that my end result has essentially no resemblance to the ...
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Can I use open source libraries in my project which is released into the public domain?

I am writing a Windows Phone application which I intend to release into the public domain (the source code and releated resources, that is). My application does, however, use a few third party open ...
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Is open source development considered “commercial use” of software?

The Software Setup: I am currently planning on creating a new software product. I have never commercially launched an application, nor am I doing this for a company. It's more for fun than anything, ...
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Is such modification allowed by GPL? Which licences allow this which not?

Assume that I have library X which contains class A with method b and that library X is realeased under GPL licence. public class A { public void b() { // this is an example of b method's ...
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Using jTransforms for a commercial (non-free) android application?

I am developing an application which is using JTransforms to compute FFT and InverseFFT. I am planning to sell that application on Play Store. The JTransforms Library is covered under MPL/LGPL/GPL ...
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How to do you judge the value of using TDD or plain unit testing in an Open Source project? Is there a good rule of thumb? [duplicate]

In my current OSS project, I knew literally nothing about what I was doing when I began. I was integrating with a larger project as a plugin, and that in and of itself had a steep learning curve. If ...
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Is it okay to check in changes to import statement on opensource projects on a commit? [duplicate]

There are some guidelines out there (eg scala guidelines) and I'm wondering if it's okay to do some tidying up when committing other changes or if the commits should be more focused and to the point? ...
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Who owns modifications to open-source software?

Suppose a piece of software is distributed under some permissive license, e.g. BSD. Now, I modify this software and want to distribute my derivative work. My questions: Who is the owner of the ...
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Finding the right license for my open source

I'm about to create a new open-source project and I'm not sure about the licensing method I should choose. Here is what I know: The project will be built on the basis of an already existing open ...
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What are the cases where keeping source code secret is justified?

When I worked as a freelancer, I encountered lots of cases where customers were protecting their ideas and source code of their projects (such as web applications) as much as possible, no matter how ...
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Should I fork for a major re-write that uses a small amount of the original code? [closed]

I'm writing a library. It's a completely rewritten version of another one, to suit my needs (PCL compatibility, mainly). However, the API will be completely rewritten, as I'll need to change a lot of ...
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Is Clojure development required to be open-source?

This question could be generalized to any language where the language development is open-source, potentially, but I'm most curious about Clojure specifically. If Clojure (as a language) is ...
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How to charge customers for AGPL-3 based solution?

If I talk about openERP its and source (AGPL-3), I have studied it, but can't find some question e.g 1: we have developed a School Management System using openERP Version 7.0, as according to my ...
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Is it possible to release something with proprietary dependencies under Apache2 licence?

If I write code with proprietary dependencies, can I release my own code under the Apache licence? An example of this would be a plugin for a proprietary framework.
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Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning?

Does an Open Source license exist that allows me to retain rights to revoke usage of software/source at any time, for any reason, and without warning? I want to allow others to use my software and ...
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Would copyrights drop if I re-write open source project into another language?

I have re-written an open source project from java to haxe, then from haxe compiled to javascript, with totally different UI So, the question is, is the code considered to be mine after rewriting it ...
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Revoking Open Source license, for specific individuals

I develop an open source Android application, which is licensed under GPL and freely available on Github. It is currently under heavy development, therefore it isn't published in the Play Store yet. ...
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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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Tracking unpaid voluntary effort in open source projects

I am curious if any open source project actually tracked effort by a measure like self-reported hours put by unpaid voluntary coders. Do they? How? Why? I don't care for cost estimations functions of ...
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How to use my proprietary framework on a new job without making it open-source?

I have been working on a framework for years. It is solid, extensive and tested. It is exactly what the employer needs for the foundation of its new project. There is no point in rewriting the whole ...
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How to incorporate existing open source software from a licensing perspective?

I'm working on software that uses the following libraries: Biopython SciPy NumPy All of the above have licenses similar to MIT or BSD. Three scenarios: First, if I don't redistribute those ...
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How can I look at a GitHub repository and know what version of the code to download?

I am new to GitHub and new to the open source world (coming from .NET). I have a media wiki site and want to install a Google analytics extension: ...
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How should I tackle code testing on a solo project?

I am writing a piece of software and I would like to release it open source. Should I try just getting it stable on my computer (with normal use; no "things a monkey wouldn't even do") before ...
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How do I deal with a difficult programmmer joining an open source project?

I have an open source script for a specific site (I'm trying not to call anything by name here) that I and a few other developers recently moved to GitHub. We've gotten several new developers since we ...
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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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Keeping third-party source code up to date

What is the best way to keep third-party source code up to date? For instance in my app, I'm using third-party source code from an open GitHub repository. What I've done is that I have downloaded the ...
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When creating an open source project, is coding in VB.net a bad idea? [closed]

I am planning on creating an open source project, however, I was wondering if developers tend to steer away from projects that are coded in VB.net, even if they know VB.net. From what I have read, ...
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When is it okay to open-source something? [duplicate]

When is it okay to open-source something? If I have a big project I like to publish it, but is it looked-down-upon to publish, say, a small function?
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Does using Creative Commons No-Derivatives license conflict with GitHub terms?

When a software project wants to use Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License that denies making derivatives, does it conflict GitHub terms of service clause F.1 that ...
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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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Why do some opensouce libraries lack comments?

I don't know if this happens to most Opensource libraries, but many of I know and use (for example OpenSSL, Webkit, ...) they all lack comments, or contain very few comments. Not to mention their ...
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What are some ramifications of open source software turning into closed source software?

If a company takes a permissively licensed open source application and then develops a closed source application from that by reworking extensive parts of the application, adding new features and ...
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Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?

I've found a project on Github that I'm interested in contributing to which claims to be open source and has a GPL license included with it. But the original author has added a copyright ...
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Is this an open source license?

I have been messing with code in The Unix Archive and have found that most of the code references a (non existent) license, however, this is in the root of the mirrors and apparently covers all of the ...
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License Requirements for Including Dual-Licensed Open-Source Software

How do you opt into one software license and not the other when the distributor gives the consumer more than one choice? For example I would like to use the DataTables JavaScript library in my web ...
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Can I fork Linux source code, change it around to suit my desires, and claim it as my own kernel without doing any of the originating work?

Is it acceptable form to take Linux kernel source from any version, change it, claim it is mine, and then distribute it for monetary gain? In such a case open-source software is entitled to a sort of ...
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General questions regarding open-source licensing

I'm looking to release an open-source iOS software project but I'm very new to the licensing side of the things. While I'm aware that the majority of answers here will not lawyers, I'd appreciate it ...
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How to share control of links/domains on an open source project with many collaborators?

I'm trying to help the Rebol project re-engineer its web presence now that it is open source as Apache 2 — after nearly two decades of proprietary license! The language's creator currently has ...
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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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What to do when somebody forks my open-source project with the same name?

I have this GPL project, it got stuck for like a year, I really like the idea, then somebody fork it and changed the whole thing but used the same name, I don't mind for the code (it was GPL after ...
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Isn't GPL enough to make a software free as in free speech?

Background I have read people rebutting the fact that a certain software is free as in free speech, even when it is licensed under GPL. Some say Java isn't free because to obtain a professional ...
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Best way to share (make accessible) to the world a maybe useful self-written utility script/program?

Throughout my life I've accumulated a fair share of scripts that have proven to be useful to me in many cases and might be useful to many others. I look at things like todo.txt (which probably ...
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Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?

So, I've been developing some analytic software at my work and also have started to take more notice to analytics in general. For instance, I recently installed Google Analytics on my blog(which is ...
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Type of license to use that forces to keep a reference to the authors

I have a small open source library that I've written. I want people to use it while forcing them to keep the authors attribution (a 2 liner in each file) when redistributing it or using it in their ...
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Easily add metrics to measure java code usability

I'm trying to create a process for better understand what's happening in my code. I want to create metrics to automatically give my answers about simple or complex questions like: How many times a ...
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GPL and OpenJDK: Questions regarding source headers

I have some legal questions regarding OpenJDKs source header: /* * Copyright (c) 1997, 2008, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. * DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE COPYRIGHT NOTICES OR THIS ...
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How to view my commits on SourceForge

I want to link to a source forge project for a job application but I can't seem to find where a user's commits are listed. If I go to https://sourceforge.net/u/USER_NAME/profile/ All I see is ...