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Apache Allura looking for GSoC students

Apache Allura (the technology behind the SourceForge developer platform) is looking for Google Summer of Code students. You can read the blog post about this HERE, and read more about what’s involved in the process in the wiki.

Only the name has changed

Several months ago, we announced that SourceForge (and Slashdot and FreeCode) were acquired by Dice Holdings. As part of that transition, the name of our parent company is changing this week. We’re now part of a parent company called Slashdot Media instead of Geeknet Media.

That’s all that’s changed. SourceForge is still dedicated to being your trusted source for Open Source, and will continue to provide free hosting for your Open Source project.

While you won’t see any changes to our services, or in our passion for Open Source, you may notice some changes to the site over the coming months. For example, in the right sidebar on project pages, you’ll see jobs in your area, provided by our partners Dice, the #1 technical job board website, with access to over 80,000 job listings around the world.

If you want to know more about our new corporate entity, you can read all about it at http://slashdotmedia.com/

November 2012 newsletter

In case you missed our November newsletter …

Subject: Rigs of Rods is Project of the Month; Help Wanted; SourceForge is hiring; More …

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community!

Rigs of Rods is Project of the Month

After four months of thoroughly practical POTMs, it’s time for something fun. November’s Project of the Month is Rigs of Rods. Rigs of Rods is a softbody physics simulator. To physicists, that means that it simulates the way that most objects, like, say, cars and trucks, are constructed of mass points, rather than being a single solid block. To the rest of us, that means that Rigs of Rods is a cool game where you can watch what happens when you crash those cars and trucks into things.

RoR has a huge user community around it (http://www.rigsofrods.com/) – people who are passionate about creating models of their favorite vehicles – including planes, boats, and trains, as well as cars and trucks. And because physics doesn’t lie, these vehicles behave just as they would in the real world. You can see some great videos of this on YouTube. Then, go download RoR and play with it yourself.

Looking forward, we have some great candidates on the ballot for the December Project of the Month. Please have a look at them, and go vote!

Help Wanted

The response to our “Help Wanted” newsletter sections, and blog posts has been overwhelming, with every one receiving responses from interested developers, as well as further email from other projects wanting to be added to the list.

We’re going to keep doing these things, but we recognize that the approach doesn’t scale to quite the level we need it to. So we’ve launched a Help Wanted forum where projects can look for developers, and developers can look for projects. You can still email us directly, if you prefer, but posting directly to that forum will let you engage with the conversation, and receive notifications when someone has responded.

SourceForge is Hiring

As you may remember, SourceForge recently acquired Dice. (They see it the other way around. It’s all a matter of perspective.) This month we’re using the Dice website to look for a new member of our team here at SourceForge.
We’re looking for a Systems Programmer/Analyst to work on the Slashdot, SourceForge, and Freecode sites. You can read all the details at Dice.com.

Upgrade to the new SourceForge

As we’ve mentioned in other mailings, we’re working towards retiring the old SourceForge platform, so that we’re not maintaining two platforms, and can move forward faster. In order to do this, we’re trying to get everyone migrated to the new platform this year.

If you’d like to move to the new platform on your own time, time’s running out. You can look through some of the new functionality at https://sourceforge.net/create/#feature-holder You can upgrade your project by clicking the “Upgrade” button at http://sourceforge.net/p/upgrade. If you’re concerned about the upgrade process, or about the functionality of the new platform, please don’t hesitate to contact us (communityteam@sourceforge.net) to discuss your concerns.

Top Twenty Growth

Every month we highlight projects that have seen substantial growth in the last month, as measured by downloads. This month, there’s a lot of familiar names and projects that have been with us a long time.

Ares Galaxy: Filesharing-Bittorrent p2p client http://sourceforge.net/projects/aresgalaxy

Azureus / Vuze: Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a P2P file sharing client using the bittorrent protocol. Search and download torrent files. Play, convert and transcode videos and music for playing on many devices such as PSP, TiVo, XBox, PS3, iTunes (iPhone, iPod, Apple TV). http://sourceforge.net/projects/azureus

DeSmuME: DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator. http://sourceforge.net/projects/desmume

Classic Shell: Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others. http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell

KompoZer: KompoZer is a wysiwyg HTML editor using the Mozilla Composer codebase. As Nvu’s development stopped in 2005, KompoZer fixes many bugs and adds a few useful features. http://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer

SABnzbdPlus: The automatic usenet download tool http://sourceforge.net/projects/sabnzbdplus

FreeNAS: FreeNAS is an Open Source Storage Platform and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS (high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software) http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas

UltraDefrag: Increase your system performance with this simple to use tool http://sourceforge.net/projects/ultradefrag

4k Download: Free video and audio download from YouTube and other services http://sourceforge.net/projects/four-k-download

Rigs of Rods: softbody physics simulation http://sourceforge.net/projects/rigsofrods

Orwell Dev-C++: A portable C/C++/C++11 IDE http://sourceforge.net/projects/orwelldevcpp

StarUML: StarUML is an open source project to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as RationalRose, Together and so on. http://sourceforge.net/projects/staruml

LOIC: Low Orbit Ion Cannon. The project just keeps and maintenances (bug fixing) the code written by the original author – Praetox, but is not associated or related with it. http://sourceforge.net/projects/loic

cm10i9100vsync: Yet another android ROM distribution. http://sourceforge.net/projects/cm10i9100vsync

PNotes: PNotes is light-weight, flexible, skinnable manager of virtual notes on your desktop. It supports multiple languages, individual note’s settings, transparency and scheduling. Absolutely portable as well – no traces in registry. http://sourceforge.net/projects/pnotes

eMule Plus: eMule Plus is an evolution of the original eMule project, created to improve its abilities and features, in both work efficiency and user interface. http://sourceforge.net/projects/emuleplus

DreaMule: It´s a ed2k file sharing client, done for easy of use and speed. http://sourceforge.net/projects/pootzmod

SugarCRM – commercial open source CRM: Affordable and easy to use customer relationship management http://sourceforge.net/projects/sugarcrm

PyQt: The GPL licensed Python bindings for the Qt application framework http://sourceforge.net/projects/pyqt

pseint: A tool for learning programming basis with a simple spanish pseudocode http://sourceforge.net/projects/pseint

Network Spoofer: Change websites on a Wifi network http://sourceforge.net/projects/netspoof

In Closing

As always, thanks for being part of the SourceForge community.

If you want more frequent updates than this newsletter, there’s several places where we make those updates. We’re on Twitter. We’re on Facebook. We’re on Google+. And if you follow the opensource and software Reddits, http://www.reddit.com/r/opensource and http://www.reddit.com/r/software respectively, you’ll see the occasional post from us there, too.

And, of course, there’s our blog – http://sf.net/blog – where we post longer articles about our projects and our platform.

Keep coding.

The SourceForge Community Team
communityteam@sourceforge.net

DICE HOLDINGS, INC. ACQUIRES ONLINE MEDIA BUSINESS FROM GEEKNET, INC.

September 18, 2012

DICE HOLDINGS, INC. ACQUIRES ONLINE MEDIA BUSINESS FROM GEEKNET, INC.

SLASHDOT AND SOURCEFORGE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE REACH INTO GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY

New York, NY and Fairfax, VA – September 18, 2012 – Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of specialized career websites, and Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq: GKNT) today announced that Dice Holdings has acquired Geeknet’s online media business, including Slashdot and SourceForge.

“The acquisition of these premier technology sites fits squarely into our strategy of providing content and services that are important to tech professionals in their everyday work lives,” said Scot Melland, Chairman, President & CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc. “The SourceForge and Slashdot communities will enable our customers to reach millions of engaged tech professionals on a regular basis and significantly extends our company’s reach into the global tech community.”

The sites include:

Slashdot, a user-generated news, analysis, peer question and professional insight community. Tech professionals moderate the site which averages more than 5,300 comments daily and 3.7 million unique visitors each month.

SourceForge, a destination for technology professionals and enthusiasts to develop, download, review and publish open source software, much of which they use in their own organizations. Approximately 80 percent of its roughly 40 million monthly unique visitors are outside the U.S.

Freecode, one of the largest indexes of Linux, Unix and cross-platform software, as well as mobile applications generates nearly 500,000 unique visitors each month.
The acquisition builds on Dice.com’s rich history in providing the best content to help technology professionals succeed in their careers and reinforces the company’s commitment to deliver unique and valuable information to foster engagement in each of its communities.

Ken Langone, Chairman of Geeknet, added, “We are very pleased to find a new home for our media business, providing a platform for the sites and our media teams to thrive. With this transaction completed, we will now focus our full attention on growing ThinkGeek.”

Dice Holdings acquired the business for $20 million in cash. In 2011, the online media properties generated $20 million in Revenues.

About Dice Holdings, Inc.

Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) is a leading provider of specialized websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields and further their careers. For more than 20 years, we have built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we serve multiple markets primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by Dice Holdings’ and Geeknet’s representatives contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “estimate,” “should,” “anticipate,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe,” and variations of such words and similar expressions, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Geeknet’s expectations and beliefs regarding the future performance of its e-commerce businesses and statements regarding the future performance of the former Geeknet online media business by Dice Holdings. These statements are based on Geeknet and Dice Holdings’ respective current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including possible changes in Geeknet’s short-term or long-term plans for its business, including, without limitation, its plans for growing the business, and Dice Holdings’ ability to successfully integrate the former Geeknet online media business. Other factors include, but are not limited to, competition from existing and future competitors in the highly competitive markets in which the Companies operate, failure to adapt business models to keep pace with rapid changes, failure to maintain and develop reputations and brand recognitions, failure to increase or maintain the number of customers in our respective businesses, cyclicality or downturns in the economy. In addition, Geeknet’s ability to grow its business is subject to numerous risk and uncertainties. Investors should consult with Geeknet and Dice Holdingsrespective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, sec.gov, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,”of their respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2012, for further information regarding these and other risks. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Geeknet and Dice Holdings as of the date hereof, and neither Geeknet nor Dice Holdings assume any obligations to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

Pandora FMS and GSoC

August 13th was the the “soft pencils down” date for the Google Summer of Code, with a hard end date of August 24th. So I contacted the SourceForge projects that were involved, to see how their summer went.

Some of them are still hard at it, and expect to go all the way up to the hard end date, but a few were ready to talk about how great their summer was.

I heard from Sancho Lerena of the Pandora FMS project, who told me that the summer went very well.

Give us an overview of what your project is.

Pandora FMS is an all-purpose monitoring system, but very oriented to big sites ( > 1000 nodes). It’s very very flexible and able to get information from almost any kind of source, and produce useful reports, alerts, graphs, etc.

What was your student’s assignment?

We try to use the student time in small and isolated tasks, or subprojects. We have three students and put each of them in different tasks, so they get interaction only with other developers in the project. They have been evolving a event viewer for Android and the Android agent, adding some features and increasing the usability and stability. Our other student has developed (from scratch) a Chrome and Firefox extension to show monitoring events by using our Web API.

Was the assignment completed to your satisfaction?

VERY satisfied.

When can we expect to see the fruits of the summer’s work in a released version?

Of course, all of three subjects has been produced useful code and will be used for next version, probably even before, because all of them are using interfaces and/or API compatible with current version, so, in a few weeks probably we’ll release something. All of this time they have been working with our SVN server, on Sourceforge, of course ;)

Would you participate in GSoC again?

Will be a pleasure.

What advice can you give to a project interested in GSoC for next year?

Try to locate small parts of the project, something which don’t require learning a full API, a full architecture or Database design. Do a “roadmap” based on isolated subtasks, so if you there are any delays, you can remove some points, but have something functional at the end. If you plan five subtasks, but at the end you get only three, but these three are OK – you’ve got something to evolve and do more things in the future.

We had good luck, and two of the students (one from Spain, and other from UK) were near our main office, so we organized a small meeting at the beginning, That was useful to meet people and talk about what we all expected – much better than an IRC Meeting. With the other student, from Singapore, gtalk was the best tool to keep updated on progress and give tips.