Open source projects & the tools that make them go

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I’ve been actively involved in open source projects since around 1997, and as part of Mozilla since 2005. During that time I’ve noticed that successful projects usually make do with a short list of relatively simple tools. These are:

  1. A version control & source code management system
  2. A bug tracker
  3. A mailing list (for asynchronous discussion)
  4. An IRC channel (for synchronous discussion)
  5. A wiki (for documentation, designs, meeting notes, and so on)
  6. An etherpad install (for collaborative note taking & a host of other things)

That’s really it. There are more elaborate tools, and there are more elaborate processes that can be built around them, but I have seen it proven time and again that if you have these tools and a good group of smart and dedicated people, you can literally change the world.

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