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Why contribute to Android if it has an Apache license?

Why do commercial firms contribute to Android open source project if they are not bound to. They can build their own version of android and use it with their products under any license. Samsung uses ...
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License for open sourcing software with pending patents

I have a pending patent on my Confidence Coin invention. I shared the code publicly on Github (after I started my application), but I have not added a license yet. This software is a blockchain ...
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Should academic arguments be used to convince someone to accept a PR

I contribute to an open source webgl library. A PR has been proposed that solves a problem, introduces a new feature to the library, and places some properties on some class FOO. I didn't like the ...
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Can I write on my website and make the code private when the source code is partially copied from an open source GNU GPL V3 project [duplicate]

I've rewritten my personal website using this https://github.com/ptrpov/ptrpov . I've made some significant changes. Like I did on my previously (built from scratch) website, I'd like to add ...
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Open-source, when (not) to go on a crusade for a feature?

I've submitted a patch to an open source library that was ignored by the maintainers. Some time after the submittal one of the maintainers implemented a different patch for the same problem. The ...
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How do you get someone to use or even contribute to your Open Source project?

I'm searching help with a project that is about versioning and querying as well as visualizing of time varying data at the subfile level. It's open source and written in Java, especially well suited ...
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Finding the optimal number of collaborators for a project

I am finding it very hard to decide if I should offer commit access to the main repository to contributors (make them collaborators) for a project or if I should restrict the access to myself. Given ...
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GitHub's “Help wanted” label: What if I want help on all issues?

I have a project with 200 open issues (many more closed), and I want to encourage more people to join and fix issues. Recently GitHub is showing me this: Label issues and pull requests for new ...
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how to contact large European industries with open source software for H2020 project?

I am working (with several colleagues from CEA, LIST in France) on research proposal grant to the European H2020 Framework Program (call is LEIT ICT-16-2018 Software Technologies) The project idea is ...
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How can I mitigate or avoid clashes with project maintainers over my bug report(s)?

We keep hearing about the ungrateful job of OSS maintainers and the arrogant users with a huge sense of entitlement demanding slave work for free. While I do sympathise with this sentiment, there are ...
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What is the term for a user who can merge pull requests?

In an open source project, such as one typically found on GitHub, there are users who can submit pull requests and users who can merge them. It is my understanding that "contributor" is the term for ...
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Do Contributors Own Copyright After Sending Contributions?

I have a GitHub repository which its license is GPL. Although of this, in the "about" window of my program, I mentioned that I own the copyright (like this: © My name, 2017). And I added the GPL text ...
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How do I (a beginner) find a bug in a project on Github?

I'm just getting started with software development and open source and I'm really excited about contributing to a real world project. But, I don't understand how to find bugs in projects as most ...
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How do I make GPL “or later” contributions to a GPL “only” project?

I am making contributions to a GPLv3-only project. I want to make it clear now that, when the time comes, I am happy for my contributions to be used in any later version. This way, if the maintainers ...
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Where to find people interested in contributing to an open source project?

A few contributors and I are working on a large-scale Ethereum app called the Decentralized News Network (http://dnn.media), or DNN. The application itself will be entirely open source and we are ...
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How to start committing to small opensource Python modules

To become better Python programmer I decided to start contributing Python FOSS. I would like to start by contributing to smaller modules I use myself and this raises a question. Should I just fork ...
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Do I still own code I donated to GPL project?

If I contribute code to a project that is under the GPL (or similar), can I still use my code (without any other parts that were contributed by other people) in a closed-source app? If yes, can I also ...
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How long to wait until the contributors will make a PR

I have some #hacktoberfest issues in my project. All of them are occupied by users but mostly nobody made PR. So should I wait until the end of #hacktoberfest or may I ask them about theirs plans to ...
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How to prevent contributors from claiming copyright on my LGPL-released software?

I have published the first version of my software on my company's git repo and some other developers outside of our company have shown interest in contributing to our work. We are releasing our ...
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GitHub workflow and Apache License

The Apache License requires: 4. Redistribution. You may reproduce and distribute copies of the Work or Derivative Works thereof in any medium, with or without modifications, and in Source or Object ...
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Is a CLA only useful for copyleft licensed?

Is it useful to have a CLA when you e.g. use an MIT license for your project? I am just asking this, because when you use the MIT license you are already granted to sublicense it, so is a CLA ...
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How does contributing to a FLOSS project work from a legal perspective?

Some points I know: Contributors own copyright over their contributions, which means the author (= the owner of the repo and original author) cannot re-license the code (= change the license of the ...
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What should I do if maintainers are unresponsive/how can I become a maintainer?

I have just a couple years of experience in software development and in the past few months have been dipping my toes in the water of making open source contributions. It was very exciting when my ...
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How to accept contributions for AGPL / proprietary dual-licensed projects?

Supposed I have written a software that I offer using a dual-license model, using AGPLv3 as OSS license, and a proprietary one as commercial (closed) license. Now, let's assume somebody wants to ...
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How can i grow my open source project?

I have recently started my first open source project. I want people to contribute their ideas and to help grow this project. I don't know how I should spread it. I have a guide on how to contribute, a ...
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Contributor License Agreements and anonymous/pseudonymous contributors

If a user contributes under pseudonym or even anonymously, how does this affect CLAs? Does it help anything if he signs a CLA with that pseudonym?
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When to list contributors

Many projects have a list of contributors, either as a platform-agnostic AUTHORS text file, or in some way included in the project description metadata of the programming framework in use. When should ...
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Handling contributions in an opensource project

There is an opensource project that I started some years ago and I still maintain it. This project is licensed under the BSD (3 clause) license and at the moment I am the sole copyright holder and ...
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What should I do about code style if a GitHub project is missing CONTRIBUTING.md?

I want to contribute to a C# project on GitHub, but the repository is missing a CONTRIBUTING.md file. I've already noticed a few code style inconsistencies, but I don't want to assume the project is ...
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What to do when proprietary code is found in your open source project?

We have an open source project and suspect one contributor has submitted code that is not their own and is under a closed source copyright. We know we have to remove the code. Also I assume anyone ...
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“Standard procedure” for connecting to fellow open source developers on LinkedIn

While I have a day-to-day job, I consider my open source contributions to be a part of my professional life. I highlight them during job interviews, and accordingly, I would like to treat my contacts ...
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Finding low hanging fruit on open source code

I am interested in contributing to some open source projects in order to learn git and Python better. A lot of the projects I have looked at are fully mature, and the updates are pretty complex, ...
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How to contribute to Open Source as a non-programmer? [closed]

I really like a specific open source project and would like to contribute to it. Unfortunately I don't know anything about programming. What are meaningful ways in which a non-programmer can ...
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Updating modified source code's copyright [duplicate]

A few years ago I started working on an open-source project, but things continued and now--years later--I currently maintain my own branch of the project. The project currently resides on GitHub. The ...
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How to deal with “project managers” in an open-source project?

Consider this situation. A person has created a repository for a open-source project with a large scope. This person has project management experience and reportedly has development experience, and ...
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How to explain to users that we do this in our spare time?

Success can be painful for a FLOSS project. We now have nearly a thousand active users and many more people are becoming active contributors to our backlog/issue tracker. Note that while we're getting ...
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Must contributor agreements be physically signed?

I've been developing an API internally with a few friends, and hope to expand it and make it open to the broader public. I've highlighted a lot of background in this question, but to recap, it's a ...
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Are beginners generally accepted into Open Source projects? [closed]

Whilst some open source projects would be too specialised and too complex, in general, are beginners welcomed into open source projects? When I say beginner I mean someone who has taken an ...
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How do Open Source projects audit code? [closed]

How do Open Source projects audit code to ensure it comes from ethical sources. For example, if a hacker hacks into IBM, steals some code and contributes it to the kernel, how does the kernel team ...
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What happens if the main contributors of an open source project die?

What happens if the main contributors of an open source project die? Are there any guarantee that someone else takes that work? Do project hosting services handle this situation? Are there any systems ...
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Where to start helping with a project?

I'm a scientist that's a self-taught programmer. I've worked on several open source projects before, but the developers gave me a better idea on what to work on. This guy just sent me a link to github ...
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Donations and open source projects with multiple contributors

I recently started accepting development contributions to a project of mine on Github. I've had a PayPal donate button on there for about a month prior and received a few donations already. Now that ...
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Standard for “CONTRIBUTORS”-style file (format, name, etc?)

In trying to deal with a codebase that was originally proprietary and then open sourced, new contributors are coming along. Each file has names on it (though usually the main author's). At this ...
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How can I convert users to contributors?

I run a project with a decently-sized userbase - a couple of hundred people, perhaps. It's regularly used by all users, and I've made it clear who developed it, where it can be found, and that it's ...
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Can anyone contribute to an open source project? [duplicate]

Suppose I have an open source project. I have 3 or so friends that have been helping with the development. My question: Does having my project open source mean that anyone can contribute to the ...
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FLOSS projects : How and where can I start contributing?

I'm new to the open source community. I've always wanted to contribute to successful existing open source projects. I thought that contribution to good open source projects was meant only for ...
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How can I know how much of a change to make in each of my pull requests?

When contributing to an open source project that uses pull requests exclusively for contributions, I'm left wondering when a good time is for me to send a pull request. I'm especially in doubt when ...
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Are there any metrics/papers/studies on ease of contributing to projects?

The resounding "No!" answer to Should I feel guilty for one off contributions? raises the question, for me, of how easily a user could become a contributor to a given project. "Easily" is obviously ...
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What do I do if my contributors are split into two camps?

Note: this is a hypothetical situation, not one I have actually encountered. (And one I hope I won't encounter) I started a small open source project and have gathered a few loyal committers. We don'...
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Are there standard templates or clauses to exempt contributed code from rights assignment?

A customer project built on an FLOSS platform or framework (a CMS like Drupal for instance) may require some fixes to the underlying platform if it is pushing the limits or is being delivered on a ...