[TOS] Guidelines on launching an open source project?

adam hyde adam at xs4all.nl
Tue Jun 26 06:51:40 UTC 2012

ok..just to throw some off the wall stuff into the conversation. i think 
license and technical infrastructure are not the answer to your 
question. im pondering this a lot recently and hoping to write an 
article titled something like "free licenses do not make free software". 
Trite perhaps but I'm trying to articulate that licenses have very 
little to do with what comes after. An organisation can employ a free 
license but act like a proprietary vendor - that will not invite 
participation involvement, or in some cases, even use of the code.

The value and consequently the interesting and challenging opportunities 
that 'openness' presents lie elsewhere. They reside in the need to 
determine what "openness" means to your organisation. What exactly do 
you mean, for example, when you say "maintain control in the statement 
"maintaining control of the "official" version."

The license and technical infrastructure are the easier issues to 
address. What you want after that is something you should spend some 
time thinking about and asking if you really know how to achieve it, and 
if not what are you going to do about it...

probably thats not useful...


On 06/26/2012 07:59 AM, Allen Tucker wrote:
> Hi T. F.,
> A popular  and simple approach is to set up a Google project at code.google.com, which you can configure with a Mercurial repository and control access in the ways that you identify below.  (Before setting up this project, you would need to create a Google id for yourself if you don't have one already.)
> The code in your Mercurial repository can then can be cloned over to this new repository for others to access and your committers to maintain as they do now.
> Let me know if you need help with any of the details.
> Best,
> Allen Tucker
> On Jun 25, 2012, at 11:55 PM,<pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu>  <pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu>  wrote:
>>    I been asked to help take a fairly extensive body of code and
>> release it as an open source project.
>> I'm wondering if someone can point me to some resources that
>> might guide us along this process?
>> My collaborators have a body of code used for physics simulation.
>> It's all under Mercurial for internal management. They want to
>> distribute it under an open source model, while maintaining control
>> of the "official" version.
>>   Any pointers, guidelines, or advice would be appreciated.
>> T. F. Pawlicki
>> Dept. Computer Science
>> University of Rochester
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