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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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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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Java Licenses, GPL, GNU Questions [closed]

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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 ...