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Find WordPress Themes You Need at SourceForge, and more!

wordpress-logo-simplified-bgAt SourceForge we work hard to make sure that visitors get the best search experience at SourceForge, that’s why we try to make easy to also find other great Open Source software developed elsewhere. Today we are proud to announce the SourceForge WordPress Themes Collection. It is a collection of free and popular WordPress themes, compatible with a theme editor for visually customizing those themes and their CSS. We will continue to update and expand this collection with time.

We look forward to your feedback. We’d like to learn more about how we can continue to improve the SourceForge experience for WordPress bloggers.

SourceForge Forced Password Change

On 2014-05-22, we triggered a forced password change for SourceForge users.

  • We have adopted a longer minimum password length standard.
  • There has been a change in our authentication layer, moving to a more modern Open Source platform.
  • Password hashing algorithm and key length has changed.
  • Forced password reset has occurred sitewide to ensure all stored password hashes meet these stronger standards.
  • All site users have been sent email asking for password change.
  • There has been no known breach or compromise of our systems.

SourceForge.net Password Reset Required

Greetings,

To make sure we’re following current best practices for security, we’ve made some changes to how we’re storing user passwords. As a result, the next time you go to login to your SourceForge.net account, you will be prompted to change your password. Once this is done, your password will be stored more securely. We recommend that you do this at your earliest convenience by visiting the SourceForge website and logging in.

And, as always, be vigilant about password security. Use a secure password, never include your password in an email, and don’t click on links for unsolicited password resets.

If you have any concerns about this, please contact SourceForge support at sfnet_ops@slashdotmedia.com

Best regards,
SourceForge Team

Feature Enhancement: Including Repository Content into Wiki

We’ve just rolled out a new feature which enhances the [[include]] wiki macro in Apache Allura (which powers SourceForge projects). Before this addition, the macro has typically used to include the contents of a different wiki page into the current page. This has now been expanded to to allow a file in a (SVN, Git, or Mercurial) repository to be the import source. We expect this will particularly useful for projects that like to keep their documentation in their repository, but also want it to be easily accessible from the web in a wiki.

Here’s an example of how this might work:

Let’s say I want to include this example document written in Markdown into a wiki page.

I go to the edit mode for the wiki page, and enter this macro:

[[include repo=git path=example-documentation.md]]

include_demo

Note: for the “repo”, you need to specify the name (ie., mount point) of the repository, not the type. In my example, the name of the repository is “git”.

And that’s it! You can now see the contents on the wiki page: https://sourceforge.net/p/uberproject/wiki/include_demo/

Of course, this feature works with SVN, Git, and Mercurial repositories on the SourceForge site. Another benefit of this feature, is that the import module supports a variety of formatting languages, so you’re no longer limited to just Markdown.

The format is detected by the file extension, we support the following:

Markdown: .md, .mkd, .mkdn, .mdown, .markdown
Textile: .textile
Creole: .creole
ReST: .rst, .rest, .rst.txt, .rest.txt

Source code file extensions (eg., .c and .py) will be syntax highlighted, but will otherwise be unformatted. All other file extensions will be rendered as plain-text. Binary files, of course, can’t be displayed.

Apache Allura Becomes Top-Level Project!

feather-smallThe Apache Software Foundation just announced Apache™ Allura™ as a Top-Level Project.

We are excited to see Allura finally put in the Olympus of Apache Top-Level projects. It has been an amazing journey, we launched the Allura project four years ago and just two years ago Allura was incubated at the ASF.

It has been an honor and a great pleasure to work with the Apache community, and we look forward to engage more and more with all developers interested in using and enhancing Apache Allura! Below a collection of quotes from people who have been participating, sponsoring and supporting the graduation process.

“The journey through the Apache Incubator made Allura a project for the community by the community,” said Dave Brondsema, Vice President of Apache Allura. “I can’t wait to see other Apache projects start using Allura, and hope to catch up with other Apache projects at the upcoming ApacheCon 2014 in Denver!”

“SourceForge has demonstrated their dedication to Open Source by putting their crown jewels into the custodianship of the Apache Software Foundation, and I’m excited to see where the project goes next as it embraces a larger community of users and developers,” said Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President, Apache Software Foundation.

“BerliOS recommends the SourceForge platform for migrating projects currently hosted on BerliOS. We value the fact that the SourceForge platform was first accepted as an Apache Incubator project and we are glad to see it now graduated,” said Lutz Henckel, berliOS project leader. “This achievement means SourceForge platform –now known as Apache Allura– is backed by a diverse and well-structured community. For projects hosted on SourceForge it also reduces the risk of vendor lock-in, as developing projects can get their data and software directly from the platform.”

“Apache Allura is an Open Source modular forge platform using a scalable architecture and with well-known technologies around Python,” says Alvaro del Castillo, Apache Allura committer and CTO of Bitergia. “It is easy to install and configure, a good bet for the future of collaborative software development around forges.”

“We entered the Allura community to suggest the introduction of new functionalities to improve awareness of people and projects. We found that the community was open to our ideas,” said Elisabetta Di Nitto, Associate professor of the University of Milan. “As a researcher I think this was a very interesting experience. We are glad we could influence the development of the forge and that the Allura community found our suggestions useful.”

“SourceForge is very happy that Apache Allura, already used by 431,000 projects, will now be extended and available to an even wider developer community,” said Gaurav Kuchhal, General Manager of SourceForge and Slashdot. “We stay committed to promoting open source projects by providing free marketing and global distribution, no matter where projects are developed.”

Read the full press-release at the Apache blog. See you there!