Releasing FLOSS Software
If you’ve written (or started to write) some Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS), please follow the time-tested community standards for releasing FLOSS software when you want people to be able to install it from source code. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seem to be aware of what these conventions are. This really hit me in my recent OpenProofs work; we’re trying to make it easy to install programs by pre-packaging them, and we’ve found that some programs are a nightmare to package or install because their developers did not follow the standard conventions.
So I’ve released a brief article: Releasing Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) for Source Installation, to help people learn about them. For the details, I point to the GNU Coding Standards (especially the release process chapter) and the Software Release Practice HOWTO. I also point out some of the most important conventions that will make building and installing your software much easier for your users:
To learn more, see the whole article: Releasing Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) for Source Installation.
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