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I want to start an Open Source Project using Visual C# as the language of choice.

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Amit G
Last seen: 13 years 5 months ago
Joined: 2007-07-30 10:22
I want to start an Open Source Project using Visual C# as the language of choice.

I am comfortable in VC# and am learning Java alongside it at the moment,I had a project in mind that I wanted to work on and I would generally prefer to code in VC# . I wanted to know whether it is possible to open up the source in a situation where the application makes use of the .NET Framework,can it be GPL'ed or do I have to License it under the LGPL because of it's inherent use of propriety framework or in other instance can it at all be open sourced because of it's inherent use of .NET Framework.Finally what all should I do to kick start an open source project which is community driven and can you give me a detailed outline of how a project is to be hosted,bug tracking by other developers is integrated in the project development and all the know how. Actually I wanted to start this project 2 month's back,as part of my curriculum I was asked to create a small software application in VC# and integrate it using ADO.NET with Microsoft SQL Server Backend,it somehow worked but it seems my institute took over the project as the copyright automatically shifted to them.I was thinking of another project but I didn't let it out because I wanted to work on it independently and open up it's source code,make it community driven so as to get in touch with other developers and learn team work ,handling large code base, time-driven software development and deployment and finally brushing up my skills further in VC#.One of my friends who was to assist me in this project and is an ardent supporter of propriety software's finally backed out without the knowledge of what this application was to be about once he heard that I wanted to open source it.So now I have to work on it alone during spare time and hope to get in touch with other developers to help me out with it.

Jacob Mastel
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: 2007-06-13 19:36
Horray for Open Source!

Yes ANY program that you write can be GPL'd. Even though your code relies on the .net framework (which is as you said proprietary) your code is not. You are obviously not going to post the code for the .net framework (I hope :P) so the GPL wouldn't cover that, but it would cover any code that you yourself write. As far as projects go check out That's where all of's stuff is housed and they have forums (although IMHO they suck), trackers, etc. I would recommend creating your own forums though. can give you free hosting & a drupal template which is all you'd need for forums but I would recommend keeping your files on sourceforge ;). Although I have seen apps make a custom page as a subdirectory of sourceforge. Wether or not that's free I have no clue. Example: Good luck with your app

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