here is a free book to tell you all about it.
And i quote “Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software. It is available in bookstores and from the publisher (O’Reilly Media), or you can browse or download it here.
Producing Open Source Software is released under an open copyright that allows everyone to share and modify the book freely. The latest version is always here. The online version is the same as the commercially available print version â€” in other words, you can buy a printed copy and know that it’s up-to-date. When and if there are significant differences, we will list them here”