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
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.
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.