[opensource] Creating New Open Source Project

Eric Floehr eric at intellovations.com
Thu Feb 25 09:45:26 EST 2010


I would ask a few questions first, to assess what the next step would be.

First, do you possess all rights to the code in question?

Second, what benefits are you looking for by open sourcing?  They can
be both developmental (better code), spiritual (giving back),
marketing (see what I've done), and/or monetary (making a business),
or some combination.

How do you envision building a community around the code?  How much
effort/time are you willing to spend to build and develop that


On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM, A. Dennis <adennis at ardware.net> wrote:
> Good morning,
> I have been working on a set of web based business tools, scheduling,
> payroll, billing, reporting, etc.
> for a small company in the service sector.  It's extremely robust, but
> specific to this industry.
> It could be expanded to other industries and could eventually be a very
> useful tool.
> It's based on Apache/PHP/MySQL/Javascript/jQuery and runs on an ISP in
> Texas.  The
> company has used it for four years and is the backbone of their business.
> I am currently exploring the option of releasing the code as an open source
> project and at the
> same time expanding to more clients offering services for $$$.  I've been an
> open source user
> and advocate for many years and want to see it thrive.
> Has anyone on the list done anything similar and have tips for what to do,
> how to do it,
> or is it even appropriate?  Do you know anyone who has similar experience.
>  Any assistance
> will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks much,
> Andy
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