roducing 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.
This book is meant for software developers and managers who are considering starting an open source project, or who have started one and are wondering what to do now.
Topics covered include:
General advice on starting a project: Choose a Good Name, Have a Clear Mission Statement, Make it clear the Project is Free, Scope the Project
Technical Infrastucture such as Mailing Lists, Version Control, Bug tracking, Web site
Social and Political Infrastructure
How to bring funding into a free software environment
The art of good communications
Packaging, Releasing and Daily Development
Licenses, Copyrights and Patents