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How to start a new project

Do you have an idea for a software project? Do you want to release it as an open source project? The information on this page will help you make the right decisions regarding license selection, project hosting, etc. Perhaps the most important step is in choosing the right license for your project. There is no silver bullet, as there are many options to choose from. However, knowing what you are trying to achieve with your project will help you make an informed decision. The success of a project is dependent on its accessibility and availability. You must select an appropriate host to make your project publicly available. Again, it is important that you choose a suitable hosting facility to give your project the public exposure it needs.

But before you start reading below, have a look at the freely available book Open Advice - FOSS: What We Wish We Had Known When We started. The authors of this book are all involved in the software freedom community. Their experiences and advice are worth reading, as they might save you from falling into common pitfalls.

In the sections below you will find links to a variety of resources with more information around open source.

Submit a project

If you are involved in an open source software project here at the University of Waikato that uses an approved open source license, you can submit the initial project details for review by sending the COSI webmaster an email. Please note, the project submission is not an automated process. A submitted project must be approved first by the COSI webmaster before it can be listed.


If you have questions regarding COSI, feel free to contact the COSI webmaster.


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