SourceForge Acquisition and Future Plans

At the end of January, SourceForge and Slashdot were sold to BIZX, LLC by DHI Group, Inc. As the new owners of two iconic sites, we are excited about the future and what we can do together. We’ve already started to take action, and are developing further plans for the site. We encourage your feedback to help us shape the future direction for the site.

Our first order of business was to terminate the “DevShare” program. As of last week, the DevShare program was completely eliminated. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We’re more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. As we move forward, we will be focusing on the needs of our developers and visitors by building out site features and establishing community trust. Eliminating the DevShare program was just the first step of many more to come. Plans for the near future include full https support for both SourceForge and Slashdot, and a lot more changes we think developers and end-users will embrace.

Stay tuned for future announcements about how we’re making SourceForge better for everyone.

Logan Abbott

President

SourceForge Media, LLC

February 2016, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – ProjectLibre

Project Libre LogoFor our January “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected ProjectLibre, an open source replacement of Microsoft Project. Marc O’Brien, ProjectLibre’s co-founder, shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the ProjectLibre project please.
ProjectLibre Team: ProjectLibre’s mission is to be the open source replacement of Microsoft Project. Our users can open existing Microsoft Project files in ProjectLibre and you don’t lose any data and it is available on Linux, Mac or Windows.

SF: What made you start this?
ProjectLibre Team: I started the company with our CTO ( Laurent Chreteinneau). We have worked together for many years and had a previous company that we built and was acquired. We were pleased being acquired but it cut short our mission of offering the world an open source alternative to the proprietary offerings like Microsoft Project. The base cost of the product is ~$1,000 but in actuality far exceeds this number. The software stack required to implement for a team requires licenses and CAL’s for Project, ProjectServer, SharePoint, SqlServer, BI and Project Web App. It is costly and complex. Our mission is to provide a free desktop version that can replace their desktop version and a cloud version that is similar to what Google Docs has relating to Word. We are getting ready to launch a cloud version that is simply a login with your browser with collaborative features similar to the Google Apps. Btw, project management is a fascinating discipline with universities now offering Ph.D’s!

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
ProjectLibre Team: Our vision has been partially achieved. The desktop release of ProjectLibre has been a major success. We have a lot of work to do but ProjectLibre has been downloaded from Sourceforge over 2,000,000 times in over 200 countries. The team is really pleased to see that impact globally. We have organizations like the Clinton Foundation and other NGO’s using ProjectLibre in Africa on projects. There are governments like the Kingdom of Cambodia using ProjectLibre for building out the school system around their country. That brings significant pride to the team as our vision and mission is making a difference! ProjectLibre has been translated into many languages so we are also reaching international users in their native languages. Our cloud version to remove the complexity and cost of the proprietary stack is still a work in progress.

SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
ProjectLibre Team: Project Management is a horizontal application so it is utilized in a wide variety of industries and governments. ProjectLibre is also being used extensively in many Fortune 500 companies but also globally in many small businesses. We regularly get emails from organizations thanking us for providing open source project management software. The costs for proprietary software in project management is an enormous impact. We give them the opportunity to deploy those costs on core business initiatives.

SF: What core need does ProjectLibre fulfill?
ProjectLibre Team: Managing projects from small initiatives so large complex projects. There are project timelines, Gantt charts, cost management, resource usage and many other items required to effectively deliver a project. ProjectLibre has the full capabilities to deliver comprehensive management of the project to deliver on-time and on-budget.

SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using ProjectLibre?
ProjectLibre Team: ProjectLibre is similar to Microsoft Project so the learning curve for many people is low. Those that have existing Project files can simply open them in ProjectLibre and keep going. If there are additional training needs there is online documentation and videos on our community website. We also are coming out with a new website this month and want to thank the FFWagency.com and the Drupal community for the assistance! We will continue to have regional community groups on the new website so users can join and participate. Our community is quite active in the groups and discussion forums. We also really enjoy interacting with the community and hearing the user stories.

SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
ProjectLibre Team: We designed our current and future website in Drupal with a community orientation. There is a global community group with over 50,000 members but also regional groups our users can join. We have a new website and one of our 2016 resolutions is to really continue engaging the community with blogs, emails, discussions etc!

SF: Have you all found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
ProjectLibre Team: That is a great question. We have been completely re-writing ProjectLibre to a modular architecture. That has unfortunately caused less updates to the old code base than we would like. It is a balancing act as it causes a delay in our overall re-write which everyone is looking forward to getting done. We get lots of requests for integrations and other items. It will be nice later in the year to have frequent releases.

SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
ProjectLibre Team: I can think of a couple of items early on that helped ProjectLibre. The SourceForge team has been really supportive from the start. We have been in the open source space for awhile and that helped promote our initial release. We also received early assistance from Red Hat who hosted our website and community on OpenShift. The FFWagency and Drupal ecosystem also reached out to get our community website up and running. This allowed us to focus on the product.

SF: What helped make that happen?
ProjectLibre Team: The open source community including SourceForge and RedHat are so giving and helpful. It is one of the things that draws me into the other open source communities such as Drupal for instance.

SF: What is the next big thing for ProjectLibre?
ProjectLibre Team: It is interesting I sent the community a message when we hit our 100,000 download milestone. That was big as we knew it would be popular. We then have followed up when we hit 1,000,000 and now 2,000,000. Our next milestone will be the upcoming beta release of our cloud version!

SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
ProjectLibre Team: SourceForge has been wonderful to the ProjectLibre team. Roberto, Rich and the other team members have been encouraging and helpful from the start. It has been a long haul! The ProjectLibre downloads are on Linux, Mac or Windows, the detection of OS has been accurate and assists our community. We also enjoy the download map and statistics both by operating system and countries. As a global traveler, it is wonderful to see the download map on SourceForge as we hit virtually the entire world with downloads.

SF: What is the next big thing for ProjectLibre?
ProjectLibre Team: We are rewriting ProjectLibre with a modular architecture. This should provide a much easier codebase to get community contributions. We are also releasing the cloud based solution that we hope generates our first revenue so we can work full time and accelerate the development. The cloud version is similar to Google Apps as teams can see real time changes while working together.

SF: How long do you think that will take?
ProjectLibre Team: It has been frustrating as we had expected corporate sponsorship from our Fortune 500 user friends. It did not happen so we are well behind schedule and from a project management company is frankly quite upsetting. We are looking to release the cloud version in the first half of the year. If we can then go full time it will compress the other work significantly.

SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
ProjectLibre Team: It has been a struggle as mentioned. I have so much respect for all the other open source projects that people volunteer and contribute. It is a significant professional and personal sacrifice and when you see the amazing efforts. My co-founder Laurent Chretienneau is amazing with his talent and energy. Having Laurent on the team means we are well set to make it happen :-)

SF: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently for ProjectLibre?
ProjectLibre Team: We would have looked at the cloud version initially or pursued corporate sponsorship more aggressively to allow us to focus on ProjectLibre entirely.

SF: Is there anything else we should know?
ProjectLibre Team: The team has been fortunate to have worked together for many years. We have a passion for both project management and making a difference in the world. Our way to help is providing free and open source project management software. We have built and sold previous companies. Our commitment internally is to make this a long term effort so we can fulfill our mission. There will be speedbumps for ProjectLibre and our community. Our commitment long term is to continue delivering!

[ Download ProjectLibre ]

Projects of the Week, January 25, 2016

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:


ReactOS

ReactOS is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems.
[ Download ReactOS ]


NAS4Free

NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution that supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, hard disk, or booted of from a Live CD with a USB stick.
[ Download NAS4Free ]


fldigi

Fldigi is a modem program for most of the digital modes used by radio amateurs today: CW, PSK, MFSK, RTTY, Hell, DominoEX, Olivia, and Throb are all supported. It can help calibrate a sound card to a time signal and do frequency measurement tests.
[ Download fldigi ]


Linux Diagnostic Tools

The project’s goal is to create better tools for diagnosing Linux systems. The diagnostics include first failure data capture, error log analysis, preventative testing, and system inventory gathering.
[ Download Linux Diagnostic Tools ]


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, such as office tools, internet tools, multimedia tools, development tools, security applications, and other frequently used utilities.
[ Download winPenPack: Portable Software Collection ]


Gutenprint – Top Quality Printer Drivers

A very high quality package of printer drivers for Ghostscript and CUPS on Linux, Macintosh OS X, and other POSIX-compliant operating systems. This project also maintains an enhanced Print plug-in for GIMP 2.x from the same code base.
[ Download Gutenprint – Top Quality Printer Drivers ]


Parrot Security OS

Parrot Security OS is a Cloud friendly operating system designed for pentesting, computer forensics, reverse-engineering, hacking, Cloud pentesting, privacy/anonymity, and cryptography. It is based on Debian and developed by the Frozenbox network.
[ Download Parrot Security OS ]


PCGen :: An RPG Character Generator

PCGen is a free Open Source RPG character generator for d20 systems. All datafiles are ASCII so they can be modified by users for their own campaigns.
[ Download PCGen :: An RPG Character Generator ]


Outlook CalDav Synchronizer

Outlook CalDav Synchronizer is an Outlook Plugin which synchronizes events, tasks, and contacts between Outlook and Google, SOGo, Horde, or any other CalDAV or CardDAV server. Supported Outlook versions are 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. This project was initially developed as a master thesis project at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Software Engineering Degree program.
[ Download Outlook CalDav Synchronizer ]

Projects of the Week, January 18, 2016

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:


TuxGuitar

TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT. TuxGuitar can open GuitarPro, PowerTab, and TablEdit files.
[ Download TuxGuitar ]


FileBot

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, tv shows or anime and downloading subtitles. It’s smart, streamlined for simplicity and just works. FileBot supports Windows, Linux and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download FileBot ]


WinPython

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, TV shows,  anime, and music. It also downloads subtitles and artwork. FileBot is smart, streamlined for simplicity, and just works. It supports Windows, Linux, and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download WinPython ]


KaOSx

An independent, small, and rolling distribution, fully focused on KDE/Qt. KaOSx uses pacman as package-manager.
[ Download KaOSx ]


DjVuLibre

DjVu is a web-centric format and software platform for distributing documents and images. DjVuLibre is a Open Source implementation of DjVu, maintained by the original inventors of DjVu.
[ Download DjVuLibre ]


Bridge Designer and Contest

A national virtual bridge engineering contest with prizes for middle and high school kids, grades 6 to 12, but anyone can enter for fun. Based on the award-wining Bridge Designer client software, now Open Source through this project. The web site infrastructure supports worldwide participation in qualifying and semifinal rounds, with a tiny administrative staff. The new Rails back end is a RubyMine project. Thanks to JetBrains for this mega development environment!
[ Download Bridge Designer and Contest ]


Tcl

Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has been widely used since its creation in 1988 by John Ousterhout.
[ Download Tcl ]


Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA

Maxima is a computer algebra system written in Common Lisp, and is comparable to commercial systems like Mathematica and Maple. It emphasizes symbolic mathematical computation: algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and more. Maxima has user-friendly front-ends, an on-line manual, plotting commands, and numerical libraries. Users can write programs in its native programming language, and many have contributed useful packages in a variety of areas over the decades.
[ Download Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA ]


BluestarLinux

Bluestar is a GNU/Linux operating system, built to provide an up-to-date kernel with rolling releases, fast performance, a wide variety of applications with current versions, a full development desktop and multimedia environment, and an Arch Linux based distribution.
[ Download BluestarLinux ]

“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – March 2016

The vote for March 2016 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until February 15, 2016 12:00 UTC.


Skim

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
[ Download Skim ]


WinPython

WinPython is a free Open Source portable distribution of the Python programming language for Windows XP/7/8, designed for scientists, supporting both 32bit and 64bit versions of Python 2 and Python 3.
[ Download WinPython ]


dispcalGUI

dispcalGUI is a graphical user interface for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an Open Source color management system. Calibrate and characterize your display devices using one of the many supported hardware sensors, with support for multi-display setups and a variety of available settings like customizable whitepoint, luminance, and tone response curve.  dispcalGUI includes the option to create accurate look-up-table ICC profiles as well as some proprietary 3D LUT formats.
[ Download dispcalGUI ]


The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library

The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library is a simple tool that helps C/C++ developers initialize extensions and write portable applications. GLEW currently supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Darwin, Irix, and Solaris.
[ Download The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library ]


DjVuLibre

DjVu is a web-centric format and software platform for distributing documents and images. DjVuLibre is a Open Source implementation of DjVu, maintained by the original inventors of DjVu.
[ Download DjVuLibre ]


TuxGuitar

TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT. TuxGuitar can open GuitarPro, PowerTab, and TablEdit files.
[ Download TuxGuitar ]


NetHack

NetHack is a single player dungeon exploration game that runs on a wide variety of computer systems, with a range of graphical and text interfaces, all using the same game engine. Each game presents a different landscape to explore, as the random number generator provides an essentially unlimited number of variations of the dungeon and its inhabitants.
[ Download NetHack ]


Tcl

Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has been widely used since its creation in 1988 by John Ousterhout.
[ Download Tcl ]


SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution created on the “testing” branch of Debian. It features customized lightweight desktops (like E19, LXDE and Openbox), multimedia plugins, selected sets of apps, and its own custom tools to ease different tasks. Sparky is in-between the distros that are beginner-friendly and those that require some amount of Linux knowledge.
[ Download SparkyLinux ]