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Recent releases

You’ve no doubt noticed in the last few days, oh constant reader, that we’ve started promoting releases quite a bit more. That’s because the release is the basic unit of currency when it comes to Open Source projects, and we have a lot of projects that are making releases, every day, but were slipping under the radar. We want to celebrate these projects, and show you what they’re doing.

But there’s just so darned many of them, it’s a little overwhelming.

We’ve been playing with several ways to promote these releases without overwhelming the blog every day, and here’s what we’ve come up with.

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First of all, we have a new Twitter account, @sfreleases, where every release is tweeted as it happens. That’s getting about a tweet every 2 to 3 minutes, so it’s high traffic, but if you really want to stay in touch with what our community is doing, that’s the place to be.

If that’s too much, you have a few more options.

There’s the “last ten minutes” view, which is what we tend to look at, at various points during the day, to get a sense of who’s active. You miss some stuff that way, but, even then, we’ve discovered some fascinating projects that way.

Then, for the comprehensive view, we’ll be publishing a file four times a day listing all releases. The file will be at, for example, http://sfprojecttools.sourceforge.net/latest_releases_2013_03_15-1.html with the date, and a number from 0 to 3 on the end, with a new file generated every six hours, to keep the size reasonable.

If you follow our main twitter account, @sourceforge, we’ll mention these release archive files periodically.

Release: March 13, 2013

Once again, a short selection of the projects that made a release yesterday.

  • Ubuntuzilla: Mozilla Software Installer

    An APT repository hosting the Mozilla builds of the latest official releases of Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey. Do not manually download the files – read the website, http://ubuntuzilla.sourceforge.net for instructions on using the repository.

  • GParted

    GNOME Partition Editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. It uses libparted from the parted project to detect and manipulate partition tables. Optional file system tools permit managing file systems not included in libparted.

  • ffdshow

    ffdshow is an advanced DirectShow filter and VFW codec that supports many audio and video formats. For example: H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.263, VP3, VP6, Theora, MJPEG, SVQ3, MP3, AC3, DTS, E-AC3, AAC, and Vorbis.

  • TripleA Maps

    A project by Veqryn for creating, centralizing, and hosting all open-source TripleA maps, as well as other developer resources such as artwork and map makers. If you need the actual TripleA program, go here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/triplea/

  • MediaPortal

    MediaPortal turns your PC into a very advanced MediaCenter / HTPC. It allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more

  • PNG reference library: libpng

    Reference library for supporting the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format.

  • Zentyal Linux small business server

    Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) is a Linux Small Business Server that can act as a Gateway, UTM, Office Server, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Communications Server or a combination of them. Zentyal offers an easy-to-use web interface to manage all your network services, from Internet access, network security, resource sharing, network infrastructure or communications. Zentyal is the open source alternative to Windows Small Business Server and it is being widely used in the small and medium businesses regardless of sector, industry or location as well as in the public administrations or in the education sector. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 active Zentyal installations all over the globe. Zentyal Migration Tool for Windows Server is also available for download, making the migration process from existing Windows environments easier. Zentyal development is funded by eBox Technologies that offers commercial support and cloud-based services on top of Zentyal server.

  • OS X Portable Applications

    OS X FOSS applications packaged as portable so that can carried around on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card or other portable device.

  • avidemux

    Edit your avi, mpeg and nuv. Process audio and video. Cut.

  • PostBooks ERP, accounting, CRM by xTuple

    World’s #1 Open Source ERP, Accounting, CRM for SMBs. Mac, Windows, Linux and Mobile. Rich API to connect third-party apps. FREE user registration, demos and trial offers, plus commercial editions and add-ons at http://www.xTuple.com.

  • OpenFOAM – The Open Source CFD Toolbox

    OpenFOAM – The Open Source CFD Toolbox. OpenFOAM is a generic, programmable software tool for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). For more information, go to http://www.openfoam.org

  • elementary OS

    elementary is a software platform; a unified computer operating system. We have a commitment to a particular toolkit (GTK+) and support a preferred programming language (Vala). We decide how our apps will behave. Sometimes we take control and shape the out-of-the-box experience as much as we possibly can by creating our own apps. We’ve created an application development framework (Granite) and other developer tools that are designed to help developers build apps specifically for our platform.

  • ROMs, Kernels & Tools by lonas

    Desde aquí podréis descarga de ahora en adelante todas mis ROMs, Kernels y Tools para Samsung Galaxy S3. Descargar ROM Venom: https://sourceforge.net/projects/javilonas/files/Venom%20ROM/ Descargar ROM Carnage (Diseño AOSP): https://sourceforge.net/projects/javilonas/files/Carnage%20ROM/ Descargar KERNEL: https://sourceforge.net/projects/javilonas/files/Lonas_KL%20KERNEL/ Para saber mas acerca de estas ROMs no olvides visitar mi web: www.lonasdigital.com Donaciones son agradecidas: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XWECGLMQRQUCU GPL: https://github.com/javilonas/Lonas_KL

  • Hattrick Organizer

    Helper Tool for online-manager Hattrick (www.hattrick.org) Please visit https://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/ho1/ or our CHPP forum at Hattrick for more information and support. If you have any bug reports or feature requests, feel free to open a ticket in the tracker (https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/ho1/)

  • FileBot

    FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your tv shows and anime, downloading subtitles or just simple file verification.

Releases: March 12, 2013

Here’s a selection of the projects that made a release yesterday. There were about 700 projects total, so it’s only a small selection. For the full list, follow the RSS feed at http://sourceforge.net/directory/release_feed

  • TeXstudio – A LaTeX Editor

    TeXstudio is a fully featured LaTeX editor. Our goal is to make writing LaTeX documents as easy and comfortable as possible. Some of the outstanding features of TeXstudio are an integrated pdf viewer with (almost) word-level synchronization, live inline preview, advanced syntax-highlighting, live checking of references, citations, latex commands, spelling and grammar. Find out more at our website.

  • Wireshark

    Wireshark is a powerful network protocol analyzer developed by an international team of networking experts. It runs on UNIX, OS X and Windows. (Looking for Ethereal? You’re in the right place. We switched names in May 2006 due to trademark issues.)

  • manjaro-development

    Manjaro Linux is a Linux Distribution based on Arch Linux. It is still under development, but an initial testing release is already available. Our aim is to create a light linux distribution, which is simple, up-to-date, fast and user friendly and which follows the K.I.S.S principle. We are using the Desktop Environment Xfce, which is light but powerfull. Arch Linux is a great GNU/Linux distribution, but installing and configuring it, needs some time and experience. So we improved Arch Linux. We created a more user friendly installation process, wrote bash scripts for managing graphic drivers, configured xfce with some useful functions and a GUI settings manager is also planed. Just try it. ;)

  • TaskUnifier

    TaskUnifier is a task management software based on the well-known GTD (Getting things done) methodology. It will help you manage your tasks and therefore your time.

  • A third-party Pidgin plugin for OCS/LCS

    A third-party Pidgin plugin for MS Office Communications Server. SIP with proprietary MS extensions. Supports Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS 2007 and newer) and Microsoft Live Communications Server (LCS 2003/2005).

  • Spring RTS Engine

    Spring is a versatile 3D RTS game engine. Using extensively Lua for scripting game-specific code to make nearly every aspect of the engine customizable, from GUI, to unit AI, to pathfinding.

  • GemRB Game Engine

    GemRB (Game engine made with pre-Rendered Background) is a portable open-source implementation of Bioware’s Infinity Engine. It was written to support pseudo-3D role playing games based on the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset (Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale series, Planescape: Torment). It should run on GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, possibly other UNIX derivatives and more. It is licensed under the GPL.

  • Harbour

    Harbour is the Free Open Source Software implementation of a multi-platform, multi-threading, object-oriented, scriptable programming language, backward compatible with Clipper/xBase. Harbour consists of a compiler and runtime libraries with multiple UI and database backends, its own make system and a large collection of libraries and interfaces to many popular APIs.

  • TimeTrex Time and Attendance

    TimeTrex is a complete web-based payroll and time management suite which offers employee scheduling, time & attendance (timeclock, timesheet), job costing, invoicing and payroll all in tightly integrated package. [Timesheet,payroll,timeclock,payroll,time

  • TikiOne

    >> tikione-steam-cleaner : stable and under active development Tikione-Steam-Cleaner is an open-source and free software written in Java7 and helps you to find and remove all games’s redistribuable packages downloaded by Steam (store.steampowered.com/). PLEASE REMOVE PREVIOUS VERSION BEFORE USING THE WINDOWS INSTALLER >> tikione-ini : stable Tikione-INI is an open-source and free library written in Java5 and provides support for handling INI (*.ini) text files. >> tikione-oasis4j-odt : discontinued but stable (used by my previous employer) Tikione-Oasis4j-ODT is an open-source and free library written in Java5 and provides some methods to replace variables in ODT files. Jonathan Lermitage, a French professionnal programmer <jonathan.lermitage@entreprise38.org>

  • JPPF

    JPPF enables computation-intensive applications to run on any number of computers, in order to greatly reduce their processing time. This is done by splitting applications into smaller parts that can be executed simultaneously on different machines.

  • elFinder for Drupal

    This module integrates elFinder (https://sourceforge.net/projects/elfinder/) file manager with Drupal CMS through WYSIWYG API

  • MekHQ

    MekHQ is a java helper program for the MegaMek game that allows users to load a list of entities from an XML file, perform repairs and customizations, and then save the new entities to another XML file that can be loaded into MegaMek.

  • SaltOS

    SaltOS is a Business Management solution 100% Cloud Computing. It integrates features like CRM (Customer Relation Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Moreover is it licensed as 100% free software GPL-3.0.

Recent releases (2013.03.12)

Here’s a small selection of the projects that have made a release in the last 24 hours. You can see them updated every ten minutes at http://sfprojecttools.sourceforge.net/latest_releases.html.

  • PortableApps.com: Portable Software/USB

    PortableApps.com is the world’s most popular portable software solution allowing you to take your favorite software with you. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device (USB flash drive, iPod, memory card, portable hard drive, etc). With millions of users all over the world and a full collection of open source software (as well as freeware and commercial software), PortableApps.com is the most complete solution for life on the go.

  • HandBrake

    HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Convert from many common multimedia file formats, including unprotected DVD or BluRay sources to a handful of modern output file formats.

  • Apache OpenOffice.org Templates

    The official catalog of Apache OpenOffice templates. You’ll find templates ranging from letters and résumés to calendars and brochures. Templates can save your time, and are easy to use.

  • Ripper Rom

    Ripper Rom for the I9305

  • SMPlayer

    SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can also play and download Youtube videos. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume… SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.

  • SQuirreL SQL Client

    SQuirreL SQL Client is a graphical SQL client written in Java that will allow you to view the structure of a JDBC compliant database, browse the data in tables, issue SQL commands etc.

  • Programming Without Coding Technology

    PWCT is not a Wizard for creating your application in 1 2 3 steps. PWCT is a general-purpose visual programming tool designed for novice and expert programmers. A novice programmer can use PWCT to learn programming concepts like Data Structure, Control Structure, Programming Paradigm,..etc. An expert programmer can use PWCT to develop large and/or complex software. Using PWCT we developed a textual programming language Compiler and Virutal Machine without writing a single line of code where the programming process done using the PWCT visual components. This language called Supernova and it’s free-open source (http://supernova.sourceforge.net). Many database, Multi-Media, Network, AI, Simulation & Math applications developed using PWCT.

  • Angry IP Scanner

    Angry IP scanner is fast and friendly network scanner for Windows, Linux, and Mac. It is very extensible, allowing it to be used for very wide range of purposes, with the primary goal of being useful to network administrators.

  • Webmin

    A web-based system administration tool for Unix servers and services.

  • Scrollout F1 email gateway

    • Designed for Linux and Windows email system administrators, Scrollout F1 is an easy to use, already adjusted email firewall (gateway) offering free anti-spam, anti-virus protection and Data Loss Prevention aiming to secure existing email servers, old or new, such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Postfix, Exim, Sendmail, Qmail and others. • Built-in multilayer security levels make configuration effort equal to a car radio. • It combines simplicity with effective protection using powerful open source with additional set of rules & filters. • Available as: – ISO image (Internet connection required during installation) – install from scratch for 64bit (Internet connection required during installation). – Free service for 1 domain: www.scrollout.net • Minimum Requirements: 384 MB of RAM 3 GB of HDD 1 Processor x86/AMD64

  • libsdl-android

    Port of SDL library to Android mobile platform. There are also several games inside the repository, along with their sources and build files. Both SDL 1.2 and 1.3/2.0 versions are supported (1.3/2.0 support is experimental) Sources are at https://github.com/pelya/commandergenius

  • Bitcoin

    Bitcoin is a decentralized P2P electronic cash system without a central server or trusted parties. Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and transact directly with each other, with the help of the network to check for double-spending.

  • Clonezilla

    Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to Norton Ghost®. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition).

  • OpenCV

    The Open Source Computer Vision Library has >2500 algorithms, extensive documentation and sample code for real-time computer vision. It works on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. Homepage: opencv.org Q&A forum: answers.opencv.org Documentation: docs.opencv.org Please pay special attention to our tutorials! http://docs.opencv.org/doc/tutorials/tutorials.html Books about the OpenCV are described here: http://opencv.org/books.html

  • Open Broadcaster Software

    Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for the purposes of streaming live media content to the internet or to video files. Originally I just made it for myself because I thought “why should I pay a subscription for software I could probably write myself?” ..And so, I did. And it evolved into somewhat of a monster of a project. And that’s pretty much the end of the story. I hope people can make use of this application, or otherwise learn something from it. I’m having a ton of fun writing this software and am learning much in the process. Overall it’s been an excellent experience. This project is free and licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.

  • FreeFileSync

    FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without a needlessly complex user interface. Help wanted ——————- Support the FreeFileSync project by offering help on maintaining the – Norwegian translation: https://sourceforge.net/people/viewjob.php?group_id=234430&job_id=36898

  • 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)

  • EasyPHP

    EasyPHP is a complete package allowing to use all the power and the flexibility that offers the dynamic language PHP. Package includes an Apache server, a MySQL database, PHPMyAdmin as well as easy development tools for web sites and applications.

  • Moodle

    Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. https://moodle.org/

  • Rigs of Rods

    Rigs of Rods is a 3D simulator game where you can drive, fly and sail various vehicles using an accurate and unique soft-body physics engine.

  • 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.

  • Linux-on-android

    This projects aim is to bring a range of linux distros to your android device through a method known as ‘chroot’, see it has running a linux distro within a virtual machine on your phone. You can access this virtual machine and run it on your phone without causing any damage to your device, or having to overwrite anything. Why might you want this? well my apps are designed to make the install and set up process as easy as possible (more so in the paid apps) while still giving you some flexibility. Once you have the distro up and running then you can pretty much run and install any linux software you like (so long as there is a arm port or it is not architecturaly dependent).

  • OpenLP – Free Church Worship Software

    OpenLP is free church presentation software, used to display songs, Bible verses, videos, images, and even presentations for church worship, using a computer and a data projector. The cross-platform version is nearing completion.

  • Nagios

    Nagios is a powerful, enterprise-class host, service, application, and network monitoring program. Designed to be fast, flexible, and rock-solid stable. Nagios runs on *NIX hosts and can monitor Windows, Linux/Unix/BSD, Netware, and network devices.

  • Sakura Editor

    Japanese Text Editor

  • Task Coach

    Task Coach – Your friendly task manager. Task Coach is a free open source todo manager. It grew out of frustration about other programs not handling composite tasks well. In addition to flexible composite tasks, Task Coach has grown to include prerequisites, prioritizing, effort tracking, category tags, budgets, notes, and many other features. However, users are not forced to use all these features; Task Coach can be as simple or complex as you need it to be. Task Coach is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux; and there is a companion iOS app.

  • OpenMediaVault

    OpenMediaVault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins. OpenMediaVault is primarily designed to be used in home environments or small home offices, but is not limited to those scenarios. It is a simple and easy to use out-of-the-box solution that will allow everyone to install and administrate a Network Attached Storage without deeper knowledge.

  • Hibernate

    Hibernate – Relational Persistence for Idiomatic Java

  • G’MIC

    G’MIC is an open and full-featured framework for image processing, providing several different user interfaces to convert/manipulate/filter/visualize generic image datasets, from 1d scalar signals to 3d+t sequences of multi-spectral volumetric images.

  • xCAT

    Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit. xCAT is a scalable cluster management and provisioning tool that provides hardware control, discovery, and OS diskful/diskfree deployment. More info and daily/weekly snapshots can be found at http://xcat.sf.net/

  • WinDS PRO

    WinDS PRO (también abreviado como WinDS) es un Pack de Emuladores (colección de emuladores) para emular Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance y Nintendo DS; todas ellas Consolas portátiles creadas por Nintendo. NO$GBA incluye complementos para aumentar las pantallas y aplicar skins al emulador entre otras funciones y mejoras que mejoran la velocidad o los errores gráficos del emulador para ciertos juegos. Los complementos que trae son NO$Zoomer, NGZoom, NO$Mooz, NOZ, myZoom, NO$GBA 2X. Las mejoras son NO$PMP (NO$GBA Process Memory Patcher) y NO$WTT (NO$GBA Wait Time Tester). VBA también viene en sus dos versiones, VBA Link optimizada para realizar la conexión GBA Link en un mismo equipo, en red o en internet y VBA-M que incluye mejoras en cuanto a la emulación y estabilidad. DeSmuME se instala en modo x86 (32 bits) y en x64 (64 bits) si está corriendo bajo Windows x64.

  • calibre

    calibre – Ebook management

  • Haskell support for Eclipse

    We extend the Eclipse IDE with tools for development in Haskell, a functional programming language, providing support for a wide range of tools (compilers, interpreters, doc tools etc.) in a coherent, convenient and configurable environment.

  • JBoss Community

    Community driven projects featuring the latest innovations for cutting edge apps. Our flagship project JBoss AS is the leading Open Source, standards-compliant, Java EE based application server implemented in 100% Pure Java.

  • winPenPack: Portable Software Collection

    winPenPack is a project that aims at collecting the most frequently used and most popular open source applications made portable, so that they can be executed without installation from any USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk. The winPenPack suites offer a wide range of portable applications like office tools, internet tools, multimedia tools, development tools, security applications and other frequently used utilities. Everything you need, completely free, open source and portable!

Writing press releases for your projects

If you follow us on Twitter, you will have noticed an uptick in our activity there. (If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you should. @sourceforge)

Most of this activity comes directly from the projects that are hosted here.

So, this article is for two things. First, I want to tell you how to post a news item on your project. Then I want to give you a few pointers in writing a press release in this age of Twitter.

If your project is running on SourceForge Classic, items posted to the News page (Select News in the Develop menu, then click Submit) are aggregated in a place that I can get to them, and I then post as many of those to Twitter as seem to be release announcements, and that I have time for in a given day.

News

If your project is running the latest version of SourceForge (code-named Allura), anything you post in the project blog is also aggregated for me. The blog tool isn’t enabled by default on Allura projects. However, even if you already have a blog somewhere else, what I recommend is that you enable the blog tool (Click Admin, then Tools) and create a blog called “Release Notes”, or something similar, where you can post release announcements.

Allura

Which brings me to part two – what should you write?

The most important thing to keep in mind when you write release notes, or any kind of press release, is that it will be seen out of context. That is, your announcement is going to be taken and published elsewhere, and the person reading it may not be familiar with your project. Because of this, you should tell them everything they need to know, in every release note.

This may seem overkill when looking at a list of news items all of which describe your project. But when someone sees the message on Twitter, or on Facebook, or in a tech magazine, they don’t have your website in front of them, and you need to tell them everything.

Bad press release:

v1.34 released! Shiny stuff. Fixed bug #844.

Good press release:

Click Track version 1.3.0 released. Click Track is a Metronome and click track generator for Android. http://bit.ly/wxtBa7

* Change position of click track marker.
* Delete click track marker.
* Add click track marker.
* Added help.
* Added XML editor tool.
* Added WAV to MP3 tool.

As an added bonus, you’ll notice that the first paragraph is less than 140 characters, so I can immediately copy and paste it into Twitter. This has the benefit that it’s more likely to get picked up and retweeted by other people, and possibly eventually make it into some tech news aggregator or newsletter. The extra few minutes it takes to condense your good news into 140 characters can really pay off in getting new eyes on your project, and new participants in your community.

Of course, it also saves me a little time, which increases the chance that you’ll end up in the @sourceforge Twitter stream.

So, to summarize:

* Write good press releases
* Follow @sourceforge on Twitter
* Keep releasing awesome software