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Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project
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  • Title: Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project
  • Author(s) Karl Fogel
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, 1 edition (October 14, 2005); eBook (2nd Edition, 2020-08-14)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • eBook: HTML, PDF, ePub, etc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007591
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Book Description

This is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.

This comprehensive guide offers several tried and true steps to help you successfully manage the complex process of developing free software. Topics include project management, developer motivation, technical infrastructure to support collaboration, and project promotion. Producing Open Source Software is ideal for developers starting their own free software projects, or people who simply want to participate in the process.

About the Authors
  • In 1995, Karl Fogel co-founded Cyclic Software, 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.

    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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