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

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Oct 7, 2005 - Computers - 304 pages
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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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Don't let the title fool you! While about half the book is specific to (and immensely useful in) running an open-source project, the other half applies to any sort of intentional community. Reflecting ... Read full review

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Best book on the topic I have read to date. Read full review


Getting Started
Technical Infrastructure
Social and Political Infrastructure
Packaging Releasing and Daily Development
Managing Volunteers
Free Version Control Systems
Free Bug Trackers
Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?
Example Instructions for Reporting Bugs
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