Friday, July 28, 2006

Producing Open Source Software - A Review

I just now finished reading "Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project". It was, in a word, excellent. Really, really good. And it's available in its entirety for free online.


I definitely learned a lot reading this book, despite having had a couple of years' experience helping to run FlexWiki now. I was happy to see that we already follow many of his recommedations, but I also know I'll be changing a few things we do based on what I read.


Even setting aside the fantastic advice about how to set up the technical infrastructure, I found Mr. Fogel's insight into the culture of free/open source to be truly insightful. It's no wonder that Subversion rocks so hard with guys like this behind it.


If you haven't already, read this book soon.

1 comment:

  1. I *heart* that book!

    The one thing that I've learned that differs from the book is that the size and appeal of your project will affect how stringent your commit access requirements are.

    If your project doesn't have wide appeal, then you may want to relax those requirements, but stay on top of reviewing commits.