A project fork is when a particular software is used as a basis of another software is created to pursue a different purpose or course. Project forks are often in the open source world where in project forks are usually legal.
There a lot of reason why there are project forks. Here are a few:
- Slow development and some members want faster development
- Disagreements of core values
- Disagreements about the future of the project
How a Project Forks
Since project porks are based on the source code or ideas of another software, licenses are often read and evaluate to see if a project fork can be permitted by it. There is chance that a collaboration is created between the original creators and new developers.
Project forks have a tendency to make a greater significance than the original software that is overshadows it. In other projects some forks can also become the replacement for the original software.