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Feb. 24th, 2007

Keeping them coming!

Finished Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project by Karl Fogel. I would first like to comment on the name of the book. Notice how Fogel cleverly included both terms, "open source software" and "free software", in the title of the book.

This book gives exactly what it advertises. It is a detailed look at how to start and manage an open source projects covering issues from version control and email to hosting to people management to working with companies that want to support your project. As such, the book is very useful, but not the most exciting of reads. It is a book that is best read right before you start running an open source project. The chapters are fairly independent, making them easy to reread when you need help with a particular issue.

Now I want to go start a project!

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Re: I want to go start a project!
If you do start a project, please try to note what advice from the book doesn't work out for you, and tell us about it over at http://producingoss.com/ :-). In several places I've already added footnotes from readers who encountered subtleties that weren't covered in the book.

Best,
-Karl Fogel
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