July 2012 SourceForge newsletter

In case you missed it, this was the July SourceForge newsletter

SourceForge Allura becomes Apache Allura (Incubating). Liferay Portal is Project of the Month.

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community! It’s been a very busy month for us, and we have some exciting news to tell you about.

SourceForge Allura becomes Apache Allura!

We have a few news items this month that we’re super excited about. The biggest one is that SourceForge Allura has become Apache Allura (Incubating)! Allura (https://sourceforge.net/projects/allura/) is the software that powers SourceForge. If you have an older SourceForge project, and haven’t upgraded to the newest version of SourceForge, you’re missing out on all sorts of new goodness (See https://sourceforge.net/p/allura/wiki/Features/ for details). You can upgrade your project(s) at https://sourceforge.net/p/upgrade/.

The Apache Incubator (http://incubator.apache.org) is the process by which Open Source projects join the Apache Software Foundation. We decided several months ago that there would be many advantages, both to us, and to our developer community, to submitting Allura to the Apache Incubator. Allura has been Open Source since day one, but it’s led a rather quiet life. We wanted, among other things, to get a larger developer community involved in it. Also, by moving development of our core site code outside of SourceForge, we reaffirm to you, our developers, that we have no intention of locking you and your data up in our service.

On June 25th, Allura officially became Apache Allura, Incubating at the Apache Software Foundation. You can follow the progress of this incubation at (http://incubator.apache.org/projects/allura.html), and we’re sure to blog regularly about it at http://sf.net/blog as things move along.

We’ll be at OSCON (http://oscon.com) this week, and we have a session scheduled for Thursday evening to talk about what’s in Allura, and what it means for the future of SourceForge. Details of that session are available at http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012/public/schedule/detail/25806

Liferay Portal is Project of the Month

July’s SourceForge Project of the Month is Liferay Portal – https://sourceforge.net/projects/lportal/. Liferay Portal is a web application designed to make it fast and easy to build a website. It’s used by such high-profile sites as Marines.com, SesameStreet.com, and developer.cisco.com. You can read more about Liferay at https://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-liferay/

The Project of the Month is chosen by a vote conducted at Twtpoll. The candidates are chosen from projects that exhibited the most pronounced growth in the previous month. You can see the results of July’s poll at http://twtpoll.com/b0zo1b, and you can vote for the August Project of the Month at http://twtpoll.com/38z6wj (Update: The vote is over, and XOOPS is the August Project of the Month.).

Keep Me Updated!

We’re excited to announce another new feature at SourceForge. We know how hard it is to keep updated on the various products that you’ve downloaded from all over the web. We want to help you keep updated on programs you’ve downloaded from SourceForge. So we’ve added a service that will notify you when projects you’re interested in have released a new version.

If you’re logged in, you’ll see the new Updater icon at the top right of most pages. This will take you to https://sourceforge.net/user/updates where you’ll see a list of products you’ve downloaded recently. You can subscribe to receive an update email the next time that project pushes out a new release.

You’ll also see a new “Subscribe To Updates” button on a project’s summary page, which will subscribe you to updates just for that project.

We’ll only use this service to notify you of new releases about the specific projects that you’ve expressed interest in.

Hosted Apps Retirement: Update

Several weeks ago we announced that the Hosted Apps service would be retired soon. This resulted in many questions, and some confusion as to what exactly we were talking about.

Last week we sent out a mailing to those of you who would be directly affected by this change. If you missed that, or are in any way confused about what we’re doing, we’ve posted that clarification to our blog, at http://sourceforge.net/blog/hosted-apps-migration-update/

We’ve also heard your feedback that the deadline was too soon, and we’ve pushed that back to give you more time to do the migrations necessary to compensate for this service being discontinued. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you still have any questions. We’re keeping a FAQ, along with the migration documentation, at https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/community-docs/Hosted%20Apps%20Retirement/. You can check to see which if your projects are affected, if any, at https://sourceforge.net/help/hostedapps/.

Thanks for your feedback!

A few days ago, you might have received email asking for your input on what we can do better in this mailing. We received a lot of really helpful feedback, and I’m hoping to start incorporating that feedback in upcoming newsletters, including this one, and also in blog postings. The past month has been exceedingly busy, with the Allura incubation, and preparing for OSCON, so the blog has been very quiet lately. But based on your feedback, that should change in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks so much for the time that you took to write thoughtful responses, with constructive criticism and suggestions. Yes, there was the occasional “you guys suck” response, but for the most part, the feedback was actually useful. We truly have the best developer community around, and we appreciate you very much.

If you have anything else you’d like to tell us, or if you missed that mailing entirely, please let us know at NLfeedback@sourceforge.net Thanks again!

Did you know?

The first project (Enlightenment – https://sourceforge.net/projects/enlightenment) registered on SourceForge was on Thursday, November 4th, 1999. We crossed the 1000 project mark on Wed, January 5th, 2000, the 2000 project mark on Tuesday, February 8th, 2000, and the 10,000 project mark on Thursday, September 28th, 2000. We currently have over 300,000 projects.

Top Growth Projects

We like to celebrate the success of our projects. These are the ones that, over the last month, have experienced the most rapid growth.

Apache OpenOffice: A wonderful multiplatform and multilingual office suite. http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror

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

SABnzbdPlus: SABnzbd is a cross-platform binary newsreader. It makes downloading from Usenet easy by automating the whole thing. You give it an NZB file or an RSS feed, it does the rest. Has a web-browser based UI and an API for 3rd-party apps. Ideal for servers too. http://sourceforge.net/projects/sabnzbdplus

qBittorrent: An advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice Qt4 user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. http://sourceforge.net/projects/qbittorrent

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

Password Safe: Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all. http://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe

InstagramDownloader: Instagram Downloader (Public Accounts) http://sourceforge.net/projects/instagramdownlo

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

TYPO3 Content Management Framework: TYPO3 is an enterprise class Web CMS written in PHP/MySQL. It’s designed to be extended with custom written backend modules and frontend libraries for special functionality. It has very powerful integration of image manipulation. http://sourceforge.net/projects/typo3?source=newsletter

NAS4Free: NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorrent (initiator and target) and all this is highly configurable by its web interface. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, Hard disk or booted from a LiveCD with a usb stick. http://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free

Subversion for Windows: Win32 build of Subversion. These binaries are built using Visual C++ 6.0 Should work on all flavours of Windows from NT4 to Win7/2008 including server variants (not all tested). Module for Apache 2.2 is included. http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32svn

Ultimate Edition: Ultimate Edition Linux, previously “Ubuntu Ultimate Edition”. We cater to a large base of *nix users including, but certainly not limited to gamers & low resource computers. We have a Ultimate Edition for virtually any user. http://sourceforge.net/projects/ultimateedition

Hattrick Organizer: Helper Tool for online-manager Hattrick (www.hattrick.org). http://sourceforge.net/projects/ho1?source=newsletter

BCM – Bravo Cyanogenmod: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bravocm

wxWidgets: Cross-platform C++ GUI Framework http://sourceforge.net/projects/wxwindows?source=newsletter

Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy Server: The Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy (ASSP) Server project aims to create an open source platform-independent SMTP Proxy server which implements auto-whitelists, Bayesian, Greylisting and multiple filter methods. http://sourceforge.net/projects/assp

0 A.D.: 0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy game. http://sourceforge.net/projects/zero-ad

Pinguy OS: Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks. http://sourceforge.net/projects/pinguy-os?source=newsletter

America’s Army 2.5 Assist: A GUI client application for Downloading Installing and Playing America’s Army 2.5 on Windows, Mac and Linux with a new custom authorization system. On the server side a Desktop server manager for Windows, Mac and Linux and a Command line dedicated server manager for Windows and Linux. Backend server components include a replacement authorization system using the Battletracker account & stats database and a PunkBuster log streaming server which records players possible cheating activities. http://sourceforge.net/projects/aa25assist

Until Next Time …

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