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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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Guiding new volunteers learning a large codebase [closed]

Working in an open source project has the result that sometimes developers with no experience in the codebase attempt to "learn the code" on their own. There is a reoccurring trap I've seen, ...
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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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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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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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What are “contributor agreements”? Are they similar to open source licenses?

If I release my software under certain Contributor Agreements, can I give the software the same effect as if I released it under an Open source license? My business partner and I are unsure which to ...
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As the owner of a GPLv3 project, what type of restrictions will be placed on me if I accept contributions?

For example, will accepting someone's copyrighted contribution prohibit me from changing the license, accepting donations towards the project, or anything else?
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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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How can an open source project attract new contributors? [duplicate]

One of the most common things that I see in open source projects is that they are maintained by a single developer. In my opinion, this often leads to abandoned projects due to the lack of time (or ...
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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 should I contribute to fix a possible bug in an open source project?

My distro (Gentoo) has added a patch to GCC that enables an internal macro. I already have enabled that macro in my CFLAGS for a while. I asked them on their IRC about this issue, that now GCC warns ...
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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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“Standard procedure” for connecting to fellow open source developers on LinkedIn

EDIT: It should be noted that this question appears to have only historical relevance now that LinkedIn has discontinued the requirement to indicate how you know a contact when adding them a while ago....
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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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How can I handle minors as contributors?

Ok, firstly, to clarify when I say minor, I mean someone under the age of majority in the US. In this case his father reached out to me regarding a sort of mentor/apprenticeship, so I know I have his ...
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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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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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Giving ownership of a particular area of the project?

(warning: not a license question) As a GSoC mentor, I just received an email from Google about how to retain volunteers, and here is their main tip: The orgs that have been most successful in ...
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What should I look for in a platform to make my project easy to edit? [closed]

To clarify, since I don't know if "platform" is the right word: I'm talking about things like GitHub or the late Google Code. What features should I look for in a code publishing platform so that ...
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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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Can a LGPL project use contributed code after the original contributor withdrew it and was banned from the project?

"Project A" is released under LGPL ver 2.1 or, at user's discretion, above. This project is part of a bigger platform. "Contributor A" submitted a highly-popular merge request to ...
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What is the difference between contributor, member and collaborator?

Is collaborator just a contributor with "commit-bit" and other privileges or there is more to it?
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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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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 is the correct way to receive and give attribution to CC BY-SA asset contributions on a project managed with git?

The Creative Commons website gives this example for giving attribution to an image that was found on a website. For this project, contributors who wish to contribute assets would be sending the assets ...
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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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Is there any research on, whether the owner of a project making money from it, has any significant effect, on contributions?

I completely know that most of open source projects could be used to make profit and people contribute to them whether the creators are making money from it too or not. My question is this: Does ...
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Hierarchy of an open source project [closed]

As a project grows from a single developer to a dedicated group to a large community, what are best practices for setting up the project hierarchy to encourage high quality contributions across all ...
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Do software patches ever inherit the license of the patched project?

This is a follow up question to an earlier question which included a misunderstanding about the nature of the MIT/X license, and has been clarified there. Consider the software project dwm by Suckless....
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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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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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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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