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From Andrei Tchijov <>
Subject Re: Open Source Process
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:35:14 GMT

On Feb 25, 2008, at 15:35 , Uzma Khawaja wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a student and doing a research on open source processes. I  
> would be thankful if some one can answer few simple questions to  
> help me in my research.
> 1. If someone wants to work on a feature or bug, is he/she required  
> to get permission before working? Is he/she REQUIRED to join the  
> community?

Depend. Any one can submit bug/feature to the project.  Some of these  
submissions will end-up in the source code.  To be able actually check- 
in your changes you need to be one of "commiters".  You need to be  
well known in the community to get to be a "commiter".

> 2. What tools do you use to manage the project (to track the  
> progress, assigning tasks, manage the features and bugs, maintaining  
> patches etc).

Different open source projects are using different tools. Usually you  
can see what tool used by visiting project home page (interesting ...  
I have looked at tomcat home page and have not found any references to  
tool used by the project. I am positive that at some point in the past  
they used to have some. ). Some of popular tools are Maven (

  ( .... Do not forget about web sites like  
Sourceforge ( and Google Code ( 
) which provide all-in-one support for open source projects.

> Regards,
> Uzma Hameed
> MS(SE) 3/4,
> International Islamic University, Islamabad
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