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Guidelines for Starting Your Very Own Open Source Project

Are you thinking of launching an open source project? Doing so successfully and rallying community support can be more complicated than you think, but a little up-front footwork and howework can help things go smoothly. Beyond that, some planning can also keep you out of legal trouble. Issues pertaining to licensing, distribution, support options and even branding require thinking ahead if you want your project to flourish. In this post, you'll find our updated collection of good, free resources to pay attention to if you're doing an open source project. The Open Source Definition is where every project leader should start when it comes to how open source projects should be distributed, and what actually qualifies as open source. It's also good to review Open Standards requirements.     As we noted in this post, the Software Freedom Law Center has a set of very good online resources on how open source licenses and copyrights work, and much more. Legal issues are smart to anticipate up front. The authors...

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Linux I/O Scheduler Comparison On The Linux 3.4 Desktop

At the request of Phoronix readers, and that the default I/O scheduler may change, here's a comparison of the CFQ, Deadline, and Noop schedulers on three systems and covering both rotating media (HDD) and solid-state storage (SSDs).

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BCache For The Linux Kernel Still Being Tackled

BCache for the Linux kernel is still being worked on and is now up to its thirteenth revision prior to being merged into the mainline Linux kernel. BCache provides write-through and write-back caching as a new block device...

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Do Robots Need a Linux or a Mac OS to Thrive?

Willow Garage sets its open-source software free to attract software developers and help make robots commonplace, but detractors say giving the software away is bad for business. [Read more]...

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To GNU or Not to GNU? That Is the Question

There's no denying the incendiary nature of the topic of desktop Linux, which tends to gets rehashed in heated detail every so often both on these pages and beyond. What some may not remember, however, is that there's another recurring Linux subject that can be equally controversial. It hasn't appeared...

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The Next Generation of Open Source Software Procurement Models

One year ago, the new Swedish framework agreement for the procurement of open source became active. Five suppliers were contracted to provide software and services. Central government, the public educational sector, all twenty county councils, and 225 out of the...

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