Howto: Contribute to Gramps

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How can I contribute to Gramps?

There are a variety ways in which one can contribute to Gramps, but there a few constraints that Gramps (or any open source project) must ensure to protect the project. This page discusses these issues.

GNU General Public License

Gramps is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 2 or later.

A brief statement appears at the top of every Python file in Gramps:

# Copyright (C) YEAR  YOUR-NAME-HERE <CONTACT-EMAIL>
#
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
#
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
# GNU General Public License for more details.
#
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

To contribute to Gramps you must:

  1. Submit your contributions as per the rules of the GPL (see 1 & 2)
  2. Add your real name and contact information at the top of any file for which you have contributed

If you have viewed proprietary source code that performs the same, or similar function to a part of Gramps, then you cannot contribute related code. For more information, please (see 3)

References

  1. OSS Watch - Can you contribute code to an open source project?
  2. The GNU General Public License - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
  3. 3.2 Can I look at source code distributed with other implementations to get inspiration? - GNU Classpath FAQ - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)