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what is the transferability of changes in terms of a GPL license

I have a program that is offered to the public on the web as a GPL program. This is a hobby type project that i stated 3.5 years ago and i have had one collaborator for most of that duration who has ...
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Is it possible to use the Intel C/C++ compiler on Linux to create object files to be linked on Windows?

Why? Depending on your source the Intel compiler is likely or most definitely the compiler generating the fastest executables for the x86 architecture (5 to 100 % execution time improvement). Intel ...
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Origin of the name “OpenServer” for the SCO Unix operating system

I was looking over the evolutionary history of Unix and Unix-like systems on Wikipedia and one operating system name stood out to me: OpenServer. Judging from the image, SCO's OpenServer is ...
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Web Application Licensing - Open Source vs Proprietary

I am developing a web application based on a proprietary (but free) JavaScript API. My company is considering releasing our application as "Open Source", but we are unsure of the different licensing ...
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Using third party/ open source controls [closed]

I usually feel reluctant to use any third party or open source controls while coding in Objective-C iPhone due to following reasons. Open source controls are developed in incremental manner. So once ...
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Source Code Only Allowed With One Open Source Project

I have an open source project that is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 and it's done in Windows Presentation Foundation. I came across someone that sells themes/skins for WPF projects ...
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What is a good license for community submissions to commercial partially closed source software?

I am maintaining a small code base that I am considering selling– but I want to allow developers that use it to submit code for addition to the trunk. This way they can extend the framework and the ...
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To open source or sell? How to choose? How to proceed? [closed]

I just wrote a little C# application to sort my MP3 files. I was tired of thinking "Didn't I just hear that artist?" or "How many times do I have to listen to 'The Way You Look Tonight?' (for ...
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How to maintain the 'LICENSE' file?

Many projects on Github comprise a LICENSE file, usually looking like: Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Mr. Creator Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this ...
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What is the diffrence between the BSD and MIT licenses? [duplicate]

I assume based on this answer that the only difference between the MIT and BSD is the fact that MIT doesn't require credits when redistributing. Is that right? Is there any reason to use one over the ...
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Open Source, Copyright and Trivial Bugfixes

Say a developer has developed a library for their closed-sourced commercial application. Since they want to give back to the open source community, they publish this library under, say, the GPL, but ...
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How do distributed version-control systems deal with fragmentation?

Here is the scenario: X is the author of a software. X releases v1.0 on an open source license on Github and moves on. People interested in the software fork and improve the software. Now there are ...
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How can a commercially-driven open source project build an open source community?

I'm working on an ambitious, commercially-driven open source project* (it probably falls under Wikipedia's definition of Open Core). I'm an engineer on the project, so I don't have too much sway over ...
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FOSS licensing decision: What to read? What factors to consider? [duplicate]

Which reasoning would you follow to choose one license over another? Which literature would you expect someone to read, if he wants to make a meaningful decision about licensing? I specifically don't ...
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Assuring Quality and Bug Fix speed in Open Source Python Project

I'm maintaining an open source framework (in Python on *nix platforms if that matters) for the first time in my life. It is pretty much pre-alpha, not much more then a scientific proof of concept, ...
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Internship along with Google Summer of Code? [closed]

I am wondering about how much time Google Summer of Code typically takes. I do have an internship lined up for this summer, but GSoC seems like quite an awesome experience. I also really want to get ...
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Strategy for reading and understanding Node.js code [duplicate]

Concretely I am looking at this 2000 line file of what I will pretty arbitrarily call "mediocre" code. It's not well-commented variable names and function names seem consistently intelligent ...
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Does open sourcing your work help you?

Are developers actually likely to receive significant help by open sourcing a work in its unfinished stages, or are open source consumers more likely to want something ready to use? This is ...
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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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What should I consider when choosing between taking a MOOC or working on a project?

As background, I've been programming for about 5 years, and feel like I'm somewhat "up to speed" on industry best-practices and techniques (for web development, specifically), as well as software ...
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What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects? [duplicate]

I started to get more and more engaged in open source development and I was wondering if there are any guidelines on how to properly document and maintain a fork? For example, let's say you fork a ...
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Developer name in the copyright notice of files contributed to open source project?

I am developing a small application which I want to make open source. Currently only my work is on the application, and so in all the files I have put up a copyright notice in my name. Now when I ...
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Where to add the license file?

I have written an application in Python using Tkinter and want to distribute under the WTFPL license. But I don't understand where to add the copying.txt file that needs to be added in the folder that ...
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OwnCloud App Licensing

I'm a bit confused about the OwnCloud licensing model. OwnCloud is an AGPL licensed product (at least the open source version is). Does that mean that the only license I can use for an OwnCloud app I ...
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If I accept contributions under a CLA, can I write “Copyright (c) My-Name”?

I'm thinking about open sourcing a project of mine. I'd accept contributions under a CLA that grants me a copyright license (I'll explain what I mean at the end of this question). — Now, if someone ...
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Steps to open source a small project [duplicate]

I've been working for a couple of years on a small project, almost by myself, with the eventual help of some colleagues. The project is getting out of my hands, because the size of the code is growing ...
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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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Are these good reasons for moving to Microsoft web development platform?

Background I do PHP and Ruby on Rails development in my spare time, and have learned quite a bit on my own. I chose those technologies because of the low cost of entry, since everything is ...
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How to know if an Open Source project is mature enough to use in a product?

There are some open source projects that I'd like to incorporate into a product at work. We don't have the bandwidth nor the subject matter expertise to do it ourselves. I found these by searching ...
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Open source licenses (specifically GPL) & gamemaker's source format

Now with gamemaker studio source files are no longer stored in a proprietary format - instead they are stored as simple XML files containing all data. Now I am wondering, can projects created with ...
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What is proper etiquette for releasing a complete rewrite of an existing project?

I'm new to the opensource world. The project I'm working on resides on Github. (Just for reference) The project I'm working on is a plug-in for the Plex Media Server. I plan to submit my plug-in to ...
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Ethics and best practices when forking code base

I have a question as to the proper best practices and ethics revolving forking code. I've taken code base licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 and brought ...
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What is the etiquette of renaming an open source fork?

I want to fork on Github the TestNG java testing framework (Apache 2 license) so I can add/change some minor things to suit my needs. It's unlikely that all of my changes would be approved in the ...
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Patching open source software when upgrading is not an option?

I recently ran into a rather annoying (confirmed) bug in an open source software package that I have integrated into my application. According to the public issue tracker this bug has been resolved ...
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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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Apache License and patents

I am trying to understand how Apache License affects patents. In regards to the Apache website http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 section 3, am I right to say for the first part that it is ...
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Should I create a new open project to replace an existing one?

Recently I was looking at an open source project to contribute to however after going through the ugly code base (which seems to break quite a bit) and reading some things about the current maintainer ...
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Is it possible to get a job in corporate software houses without a degree [closed]

I have been developing web applications in PHP from two years and have worked with three organizations. I started with no programming knowledge at all, I had interest in web development so I read some ...
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Which Open Source License is right for my project?

I'm developing a suite of software tools that I need help with which is why I want to release my software open-source. People should be able to use and modify my code as they please while contributing ...
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Where to find the source code for the Linux command line functions [closed]

I would like to study the source code of the standard command line functions in Linux such as ls, echo, cat, etc. But I have been unable to find the source code (a Google search was useless). Does ...
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Is there a license for selling a software with the sources so buyer can make modifications without claiming ownership of the code or distributing it?

I would like to sell a software that has some open source competitors. Therefore I would like to include the source code with the binaries so that the company buying it can modify it as it wishes. The ...
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Can my GitHub and SourceForge account share the same repository?

I like that SourceForge can also let people browse your code using Git. But, before I even set up the project on SourceForge, I had a GitHub repository for it. Now that I have created my SourceForge ...
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If I own an open source project why would I not host it on Github? [closed]

I've noticed that one rather well-known open source project (which I won't name so that noone focuses too much on that specific project) offers sources for download as a .zip via FTP instead of having ...
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Is it fair to require copyright assignments from contributors of an OS project?

As a follow up to Does a BSD-licensed project need a signed statement from each contributor?: There are several reasons why an open source project might want to get copyright assignments from its ...
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How can I avoid using my own name in the identifiers, packages, or namespaces of open sources projects I create?

I do a lot of development in my own time. These projects I work on are all just for fun and learning (so far). I commonly do Java development with Maven but I have also been known to dabble in .NET ...
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Does a BSD-licensed project need a signed statement from each contributor?

Today I read on Fossil SCM's mailing list: The problem with BSD is that you really should get a signed form from each contributor stating that their contribution is BSD. This is automatic with ...
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Copyright notice in CSS or XML files

I'm currently working on an open-source project. Currently, we put our copyright notice at the top of every Java source file. I was wondering whether it was advisable or common practice to put ...
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Copying (forking) an open source project to your own repository

I'm currently using an open source project called CodeFirstMembership for one of my projects. There's a critical issue that I need to get past, and the more I use it, the more I find things I need to ...
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Can an entire software infrastructure stack be built entirely from source in-house? Is it practical and sustainable?

I'm a big fan of using open source software but I mostly use community binary releases for the job. I'm wondering about companies that go the extra degree and build everything they use in their ...
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Finding developers for collaboration in enterprise open-source project

I am a founder and only developer of an open-source software designed for a small subset of enterprises. It was originally developed for and now runs at one of businesses of the type it was designed ...