Producing Open Source Software How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

ISBN-10: 0596007590

ISBN-13: 9780596007591

Edition: 2005

Authors: Karl Franz Fogel

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The corporate market is now embracing free, "open source" software like never before, as evidenced by the recent success of the technologies underlying LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Each is the result of a publicly collaborative process among numerous developers who volunteer their time and energy to create better software. The truth is, however, that the overwhelming majority of free software projects fail. To help you beat the odds, O'Reilly has put together "Producing Open Source Software, a guide that recommends tried and true steps to help free software developers work together toward a common goal. Not just for developers who are considering starting their own free software project, this book will also help those who want to participate in the process at any level. The book tackles this very complex topic by distilling it down into easily understandable parts. Starting with the basics of project management, it details specific tools used in free software projects, including version control, IRC, bug tracking, and Wikis. Author Karl Fogel, known for his work on CVS and Subversion, offers practical advice on how to set up and use a range of tools in combination with open mailing lists and archives. He also provides several chapters on the essentials of recruiting and motivating developers, as well as how to gain much-needed publicity for your project. While managing a team of enthusiastic developers -- most of whom you've never even met -- can be challenging, it can also be fun. "Producing Open Source Software takes this into account, too, as it speaks of the sheer pleasure to be had from working with a motivated team of free software developers.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 9.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"Foreword Preface
Introduction History The Situation Today
Getting Started First, Look Around Starting from What You Have Choosing a License and Applying It Setting the Tone Announcing
Technical Infrastructure What a Project Needs Mailing Lists Version Control Bug Tracker IRC Real-Time Chat Systems Wikis Web Site
Social and Political Infrastructure Forkability Benevolent Dictators Consensus-Based Democracy Writing It All Down
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
Communications You Are What You Write Avoiding Common Pitfalls Difficult People Handling Growth No Conversations in the Bug Tracker Publicity
Packaging, Releasing, and Daily Development Release Numbering Release Branches Stabilizing a Release Packaging Testing and Releasing Maintaining Multiple Release Lines Releases and Daily Development
Managing Volunteers Getting the Most Out of Volunteers Share Management Tasks as Well as Technical Tasks Transitions Committers Credit Forks
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
Free Version Control Systems
Free Bug Trackers
Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?
Example Instructions for Reporting Bugs
Index
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