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Is it okay to user other open source libraries when building your own or should that be avoided?

Seems like an odd question, but I've been questioning this myself for some time now. I've been told that, if you're working on a open source library/project, you should avoid adding dependencies for ...
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Is it legal to distribute a closed source X Window Manager?

I’m doing a thought experiment about making a product on top of Linux. I’m wondering: If you make a custom window manager (akin to KDE, for example) on top of X and you release it, do you have to ...
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Open source: what is the definition of “derivative work” and how does it impact copy-left

I am a commercial software developer and I want to make use of open-source in my proprietary software. As I understand the concept of copy-left, it uses the original authors copyright to ensure that ...
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Are NuGet metadata a good place to exclusively set license for source code?

I've found a library (that I'd like to fork, if it makes any difference). On NuGet, the project file says it's distributed under the MIT license (with a link to the license). However, in the GitHub ...
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Is open-sourcing previously-commercial engines a smart move? [duplicate]

I saw that the Unreal Engine is going open-source on github (see link1 and link2) and that made me wonder: "is open-sourcing a previously commercial engine a smart move?" What's the benefit to Epic ...
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Porting an open source project from ISC license and public domain

I have ported libsodium and NaCl to .NET. NaCl is the original project that is in the public domain while libsodium is a derived work from NACL and is using the ISC license. I looked at both ...
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Claim to get my source code used GPL code

I'm running public web site based on Drupal. Drupal is GPL 2 or 3 licence. Of course I wrote custom code which interacts with Drupal code (modules). Can anybody write me an e-mail and ask for the ...
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What are the principles of open source projects? [closed]

Although its generally agreed by organisations like the OSI and the FSF what is and isn't an open source software (basically, the the terms of the source code license) what are the guiding principals ...
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Editing Copyright line in Apache2 license.txt

I wish to publish my program under Apache2 license. I have added the "APPENDIX" part of the license text to the top portion of my source.txt file and edited the copyright year and name. But when ...
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Is it acceptable within the community of developers to copy open-source software and branch it? [duplicate]

Is it generally, to a reasonable developer, considered morally acceptable, to take a branch of an open-source repository, and start making changes to it and calling your own? You would be taking this ...
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How do I licence my OS project, which uses other (differently-licenced) projects?

I've got a library up on GitHub, with some of the binaries also distributed on NuGet: https://github.com/relentless/Http.fs I'd ignored licencing up until now, but somebody's asking about it so I ...
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Create an Objective-C category to route methods depending on a specified type

For one project, I needed to find a solution to avoid code like this: if ([self.desiredColor isEqualToString:@"Red"]) [self constructRedMenu]; else if ([self.desiredColor ...
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Which license retains copyright while allowing work to be shared and derived from?

I am working on an academic research project whose results and some code we intend to publish. Research journals and conferences explicitly require that the authors have copyright over the work done ...
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Do you have to rename the software when you fork a repo?

I forked a repo some time ago and created a few pull requests which went unanswered. Now, the software is MIT-licensed, and I kept the copyright notice there. Do I have to rename the software, or ...
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Is it okay to make coding style changes on an open source project that doesn't follow best practices?

Recently, I came across a number of open source Ruby (or majority of it was Ruby) projects on GitHub that when checked with a code analyzing tool like Rubocop, create a lot of offenses. Now, most of ...
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Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0) vs Lesser GNU General Public License (LGPL 3.0)

I would like to release a software library written in a class-based, object-oriented programming language (Java) on a web-based source code hosting service, that allows forks of the project to be ...
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Why does Mono for Android cost money if the mono project is opensource and therefore everything based on it must be opensource?

Why does Mono for Android cost money if the mono project is opensource and therefore everything based on it must be opensource?
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At what stage of an Open Source project should you invite contributions from the community? [closed]

I've been wondering about getting contributions to a new open source product my team will be developing. There's encouragement for us to get as much support from the wider community as we're able, ...
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Using Git in Enterprise environment [closed]

Git is an excellent version control system. If we exclude the fact that, it doesn't have an excellent GUI support, it's really good and fast. But the source controls like Clearcase has large support ...
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Is it okay to hire a programmer of an open source software for a (closed source) fork? [closed]

I want to fork an existing open source project to implement a certain major feature based on a research project. I am not sure yet if the changes will end up being open or closed source (the original ...
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Do I continue developing an alternative existing solution, or am I wasting of time? [closed]

Almost 2 years ago I had need for a monitoring system, that monitored servers ping times, databases and various other metrics, but also things things like my email inboxes (for unread email), my game ...
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Etiquette using code found on GitHub and using Code beyond included Libraries

I've been trying to find what I'm supposed to do when I want to use code I find on GitHub. I think this post had some good information but I'm still somewhat confused. I want to use code found in ...
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copyleft licensing question

I'm writing an app and referring to some open source, source code (copyleft licensed.) I am not using the original source code because it's for a completely different operating system using a ...
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What is stopping people from copy-pasting open-sourced codes into their own projects and releasing only the compiled binaries?

Hi I'm new to programming, and I've always wondered what would be the point of contributing open-sourced codes if there is no way to ensure everybody who uses the code will adhere to the licenses (or ...
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How do I better engage the users who starred my project on GitHub?

I recently put up a project, called Hebel, that I've been working on to GitHub. It's a framework for GPU accelerated deep learning written in Python and Nvidia CUDA. I posted about it on Google+ and ...
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Sourcecode license: free for personal use and modification but no public distibution

For one of my apps, I want to make the source code “open source” so that others might adapt the code to their personal needs or even contribute improvements, but I don’t want anybody else to publish ...
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Fixing a security exploit - but then everyone knows about it

Earlier, I was messaged about a potential security risk in one of my projects. I checked it and found that it allows for "arbitrary code execution". (Quotes because it is running in a VM, but the ...
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“Open Source” licenses that do not allow source redistribution

I am starting to work on a new commercial software project that may use elements of "open source" code. I have been instructed to ensure that I only use code which is licensed for commercial use and ...
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Will the Apache License or the GPL License protect my trademarks?

I'm trying to see if these two open source licenses give protection of trademarks to the originator. I have read both licenses but they only seem to talk about their own trademark i.e. 'Apache'.
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When using the Apache license, is there still a need for a Contributor License Agreement (CLA)?

I can certainly see the need for CLAs with a terser license like MIT or BSD, but the more verbose Apache seems to already have that type of verbiage in it. I would prefer to not add this level of ...
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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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What to choose: freeware, shareware or payware? [closed]

A few years ago I've developed a program that has a steady group of users. It became quite popular and now we have close to two million downloads on Download.com. At first I provided the application ...
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Help putting together an Open Source Friendly contract but does not allow day job work to be Open Sourced

So I just was hired at a place that had only one Developer and that was the co owner. Their employee handbook had something to the effect of the following. All IP, inventions or software you ...
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How to get involved in open-source project? (Android/java programmer) [closed]

My question might sound stupid and not suitable for this site, but i dont have any better place to ask then here, so please bear with me. Im a college student that love playing with android. Around ...
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How should you deal with a popular project that you no longer want to maintain?

I am the maintainer of a project which has a large non-technical userbase. I've been maintaining it for about 4 years now and adding new features as they've been requested. I'd like to move on to ...
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How to include license for MIT-licensed CSS?

I have a project licensed under the GPL. However, it includes a bit of code from animate.css, which uses the MIT license. How would I include the appropriate licensing information for that CSS? I've ...
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Release as open source after granting usage rights?

I have written software and have granted usage rights to different companies per contract. Is it possible to change the software licence to an open source licence afterwards? At what circumstances is ...
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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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Proper way to “compile” a javascript project?

I'm developing a small open-source javascript library, and I was wondering about the proper method for compiling the source into one javascript file. It's easier to develop if the code is split into ...
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When did the standard for packaging Linux source code become .tar.gz?

When browsing open-source projects that are primarily developed for Linux systems and downloading the latest packages, the source code is always stored in a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file. Is there any ...
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If I fork an open source project and make improvements in the fork, will it or I offend the original authors? [duplicate]

I have identified a couple of open source projects on github.com that are not being kept up to date for many months. I have used them for personal use, and now want to make enhancements to them and ...
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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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Is TDD viable in collaborative open source projects

Let's say I wanted to start an open source project that I hope/expect to have many people submit patches and whatnot. Is it viable to take a strict TDD approach? Can/should I expect/trust ...
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Affero GPL (AGPL3) Quick Question [closed]

Our project is fully open source - it is a web service, we are using the AGPL3 license. Using this license, does that mean we can never offer it as a paid service?
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What to do if my own opensource code greatly resembles another project's code?

I'm writing a Java class, part of an opensource game development framework under the Apache 2.0 license. There is another framework, under the same license, that happens to also have a Java class ...
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C# Open Source software that is useful for learning Design Patterns [closed]

In college I took a class in Expert Systems. The language the book taught (CLIPS) was esoteric - Expert Systems: Principles and Programming, Fourth Edition. I remember having a tough time with it. ...
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Does contributing to open source projects to boost a résumé make sense? [closed]

I've only worked on commercial projects, and I'm having a hard time trying to find a project that interests me. I'm looking at a new job soon, and I'm thinking about contributing to a few open source ...
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Does a GPL Bison grammar infect my application?

I am thinking about using a GPL Bison grammar for my own compiler. Will the grammar "infect" my parser such that it needs to be open source? The grammar - in terms of - the input of bison is GPL.
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How is a committer expected to behave? [closed]

In open source projects there is typically a set of devs that have permissions to commit code - the committers -, and others that "pull request" or send patches, the "general public". I find a ...
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What's the best approach to studying Open Source projects or any large codebase? [duplicate]

There is a Open Source project which I need to use in my project. All other functionality is built on top of it. I am new to programming and find it very daunting. There are a lot of Open Source ...