DevShare Relaunch: Power to end-users!

Back in July 2013 SourceForge launched the beta version of the DevShare program, a partnership offered to SourceForge developers to turn project downloads into a source of recurring monthly revenue by presenting relevant offers for user consideration during the installation process.

Today, we are proud to announce that DevShare is open to everyone. After spending nearly a  year listening to developers and end users about what they wanted to see in a public release of this offering, we’re ready to give our community an overview to the changes we’ve made to DevShare.

Direct Download Links

Filezilla Project Page - Download optionsProjects that are participating in the DevShare program will now provide two options for download. They will offer:

1) The installer Enabled version which presents optional third-party offers at installation time.

2) A Direct Download link to the original application that does not include offers.

Filezilla File Page - Download options
By giving end users a choice  we will strengthen our ability to help open source projects earn revenue, in order to continue developing, while giving end users the freedom to control their user experience. These options are offered at every stage of the download process, so whether you are downloading from the project page or from the file page end users will always have the choice.

Clear Messaging to End-users

The download page now clearly states when projects include an additional offer. Clear Messaging messaging alerts you that downloading the custom installer may present you with additional offers.

We have also created a FAQ page to ensure that everyone understands how the program works and has the option to learn more.

By giving power to end-users and making the DevShare program parameters clear, we believe we have significantly improved the DevShare program. SourceForge users, developers and the whole open source community have been key to the changes in this program. Thank you for your feedback and for being a partner in growing this community.

Opening the Program to Everyone

In re-launching the program we are going to open it to all our open source developers who wish to monetize their downloads. As always only projects who opt-in will get into the program. Every project owner has the choice to participate in DevShare or to not participate.

If you want to know more about the program read the Developers FAQ, and feel free to drop us an email at devshare@sourceforge.net.

6 comments
KamalK
KamalK

Well done SF!

Open/clear communication is crucial ; )

Luca G
Luca G

It's good that SourceForge helps open-source developers to get some revenues, however small these revenues might be. For early-stage projects, having some petty cash available for everyday's expenses makes a huge difference!

Andova Begarin
Andova Begarin

Whatever SourceForge ends up doing with this, I hope they do not make it enabled by default (or in any way required). I, for one, have zero interest in "monetizing" what I host here. If other people do, as some obviously do, more power to you; just please let me opt out.


P.S. What is with livefyre? Now I have let yet another website track my web browsing via a cookie. SourceForge already has account/login/blog capability. To me, all this is just complicating things. How many people/organizations/companies are going to want to monetize off of other people's -- developers -- work?

luca_passani
luca_passani

Having been hosting a popular FOSS project on SourceForge for over 12 years (now turned into a successful commercial open source vendor) it's great to finally see SourceForge helping projects to monetize their downloads, yet respecting end-users' choice.

JohnTHaller
JohnTHaller

@Andova Begarin A lot of sites use something like livefyre, disqus, etc because people don't want to create a new account for every site like SourceForge.  So, while all us devs have SF accounts, the vast majority of our users don't.  livefyre and disqus don't provide revenue to the sites that use them.