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It's time to update my 2005 book "Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project". Help me do it right.
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2nd Edition completed.

Posted by Karl Fogel (Creator)

Hi, backers!  The completed 2nd edition of "Producing Open Source Software" is now online at  Thanks again to every one of you.

While there are substantial changes throughout the book, the most expanded chapter is probably Chapter 5, "Participating as a Business, Non-Profit, or Government Agency".  That chapter's title used to be just "Money", so that gives you some idea of what the new material is.

I'm still sorting out treeware arrangements and various other things [1]; that'll take a while. But the updates I'd originally wanted to make are now complete.  (All edits have been pushed to the live web site regularly during the whole process, and of course that will continue to be the case as I maintain the book.)

Best regards,


[1] If anyone has expertise in the DocBook -> EPUB build process (or DocBook -> Mobi, for that matter), and feels like helping out, please contact me :-).

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    1. Deborah Bryant on

      Fantastic Karl! Congrats. Looking forward too to the old school print copy when you're able.

    2. Gordon Fyodor Lyon on

      Congratulations, Karl! I'm excited to read the new edition.