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For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a tech startup that specializes in the design and manufacture of breadboard accessories.

I released my first product about three weeks ago. This product is a set of test leads with contacts specially designed for breadboard use.

However, my original design was too bulky. I’ve been using feedback from the EEVBlog community to create a revision of the test leads (Rev2), which is much slimmer. I attached a photo of our current design.

I plan to turn these test leads into an open-source project. I would like to know if anyone has any experience with starting an open-source project. If so, where do I begin?

Project Website: https://www.pitronllc.com/

This is a link to the EEVBlog forum where we have been working on the test leads design: https://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/breadboard-test-leads/

Thank you for all the help.

The usual opensource project is a Github repository with all the design files (mechanical, hardware, software).
A good README page always helps.

By the way, I would fix the following typo on your site, it's a bit ironic :)
" Quailty. Is Our Standard."

1. If there are several of you, create an association (it is simple and cheap) to manage everything else in a more formal way.
2. Try to get the pitron.com site (it's your brand on the internet).
3. Register the Pitron brand so that nobody can use it (just like the managers of the open source project Arduino have done with their brand).
4. Publish all the designs on Github (for example) so that they are available with CC BY-SA, GNU, etc. license. So that no one can say that those designs are someone else's.

pytron is a name very similar to Python.
Will it be easy to look it up on the internet?
Does it have any meaning in other languages?

Think twice about the name. You can do it now, later it will be very difficult to rebrand.

Thank you for the responses.

Should I patent my open-source project? Or is publishing the project online with an opensource license suitable?

Also, what is the difference between the open-source licenses, and which one would you recommend?

Thank you again for the help.


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