Producing Open Source Software

By Deane Barker on November 1, 2005

Producing Open Source Software: A good-looking book on how to create the next killer app.

Producing Open Source Software 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.

It’s free — you can read it online. Some of the topics from the TOC:

  • Choose a Good Name
  • Choosing a License and Applying It
  • When Opening a Formerly Closed Project, be Sensitive to the Magnitude of the Change
  • Choosing a Version Control System
  • The Softer the Topic, the Longer the Debate
  • Getting the Most Out of Volunteers
  • Share Management Tasks as Well as Technical Tasks