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Producing Open Source Software


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Foreword Preface 1. Introduction History The Situation Today 2. Getting Started First, Look Around Starting from What You Have Choosing a License and Applying It Setting the Tone Announcing 3. Technical Infrastructure What a Project Needs Mailing Lists Version Control Bug Tracker IRC/Real-Time Chat Systems Wikis Web Site 4. Social and Political Infrastructure Forkability Benevolent Dictators Consensus-Based Democracy Writing It All Down 5. Money Types of Involvement Hire for the Long Term Appear as Many, Not as One Be Open About Your Motivations Money Can't Buy You Love Contracting Funding Non-Programming Activities Marketing 6. Communications You Are What You Write Avoiding Common Pitfalls Difficult People Handling Growth No Conversations in the Bug Tracker Publicity 7. Packaging, Releasing, and Daily Development Release Numbering Release Branches Stabilizing a Release Packaging Testing and Releasing Maintaining Multiple Release Lines Releases and Daily Development 8. Managing Volunteers Getting the Most Out of Volunteers Share Management Tasks as Well as Technical Tasks Transitions Committers Credit Forks 9. Licenses, Copyrights, and Patents Terminology Aspects of Licenses The GPL and License Compatibility Choosing a License Copyright Assignment and Ownership Dual Licensing Schemes Patents Further Resources A. Free Version Control Systems B. Free Bug Trackers C. Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?D. Example Instructions for Reporting Bugs Index

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Karl Fogel co-founded Cyclic Software in 1995, a company offering commercial CVS support. In 1999 he added support for CVS anonymous read-only repository access, inaugurating a new standard for access to development sources in open source projects. That same year, he wrote Open Source Development with CVS (published by Coriolis), now in its third edition via Paraglyph Press. He has also written Producing Open Source Software, due to release in October 2005, from O'Reilly Media. Since early 2000, he has worked for CollabNet, Inc., managing the creation and development of Subversion, a version control system written from scratch by CollabNet and a team of open source volunteers, and meant to replace CVS as the de facto standard among open source projects. He also participates in various other open source projects as a module maintainer, patch contributor, and documentation writer.

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