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New Apache OpenOffice sites

Over the last fours years I’ve been lucky enough to be paid for volunteering for Apache OpenOffice, something I’ve personally shared on my own blog. And now, wearing my SourceForge hat, I am here to shine some light on the latest Apache OpenOffice developments.

Take a look at these new extension, template, administrative, and search options:

  • aooe_homeThe new extensions home has a strong focus on the search box, a brand new logo, and an overall redesigned look and feel, where all menu items have icons for better readability.

 

 

  • aoot_homeThe new templates home is similar to the Apache OpenOffice Extensions site, with a similar redesigned look and feel and different colors to highlight which application a given template can be applied to.

 

 

  • aooe_creationThe new administrative interface includes a navigation bar at the top for Extensions’ authors that links to the most common actions. We also improved the GUI, making it more intuitive for uploading extensions.

 

 

  • aooe_searchSearch has been completely redesigned too. It’s worth mentioning that there are other changes sprinkled here and there, including an alert for outdated extensions that provides an easy way to contact the original author.

 

Remember to be sociable and share the good news!

SourceForge forming Community Panel

SourceForge has begun outreach to Open Source developers and end-users in an effort to form a Community Panel to help guide future development of our products and policies.

We expect to have ongoing communications with members of our Community Panel in coming weeks, to be followed by an in-person event at summer’s end on the east coast of the US.

If you have interest in taking a positive role in guiding SourceForge’s future, please drop us a note at communityteam@sourceforge.net with a couple lines about your Open Source experiences.

In addition to obtaining guidance from our Community Panel, we always welcome feedback from the broader community, including both developers and end-users, on our Community Voice forum at https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/discussion/communityvoice

Thank you,

Roberto

Project mirroring policies will be revisited with our Community Panel, existing mirrors removed

Recent community concerns have triggered an extensive internal review of our mirroring program and how mirrored content is used on SourceForge. In light of this review, third-party bundling of mirrored content was discontinued May 27th.  As of June 18th, we have taken a further step in removing SourceForge-maintained mirrored projects, and are engaging a newly-formed Community Panel to discuss site features and program policies including a redesigned mirror program.

SourceForge was established in 1999 as a site for Open Source software development and now hosts more than 400,000 Open Source projects. Part of our long-standing mission has been the preservation of access to Open Source software source code. Since at least 2010, SourceForge has operated initiatives that mirror important externally-hosted software to our site. As of June 17th, our mirrored project catalog contained 295 projects (<0.07% of our total catalog).

Recently, community concerns were sparked by a short-run test of third-party offers on five of the mirrored projects. This test was promptly discontinued on May 27th based on community feedback, which we appreciate and take very seriously. With that in mind, SourceForge pledges to present third-party offers only with the projects that explicitly opted-in to that program.

We are taking further steps to amend our practices:

Mirrors which are not co-maintained with the one or more of the original developers, except where the upstream site has been discontinued, have been removed effective immediately. An extensive review has been conducted of the 295 mirrored projects and removals were completed on June 18th. Where a SourceForge-maintained mirror has been removed, we have redirected this traffic back to the canonical home for the software (whence it was mirrored to begin with).

We are forming a Community Panel to review our mirroring practices and guide the way mirrors are established and the presentation of mirrored content on the site. We will examine the best ways to respect an author’s Trademarks and Copyrights while distributing the software they have released under Open Source license, and making clear when pages relate to mirrored content.  We continue to believe that mirroring is an important component of the Open Source ecosystem – both in ensuring that software is preserved for developers and in combating malicious patent claims – and we want to make sure our mirroring is performed in a sustainable and beneficial way.

We welcome your feedback and can be reached via the SourceForge Community Voice forum.

Roberto Galoppini, Head of SourceForge Community team

Apache OpenOffice hits the 100 Million Downloads Mark!

Apache OpenOffice 100 Million Mark logoThe Apache Software Foundation just announced 100 Million Downloads of Apache™ OpenOffice™.

We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful community, and glad to quote the statement of continued support by our General Manager, Gaurav Kuchhal.

By continuously improving Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites we show how committed we are about providing projects with what they need most,” said Gaurav Kuchhal, General Manager for Slashdot and SourceForge. “We are happy to help open source projects to grow, no matter where they are hosted or developed. We have been serving over 122 Million downloads for the Apache OpenOffice project, with daily peaks of about 250,000 and we are committed to providing products and services that demonstrate our dedication to technical excellence.

Read the full press-release at the Apache blog.

Apache OpenOffice Extensions Site Gets Social!

Apache OpenOffice Extensions logo

We’re excited to announce that we just released a new Apache OpenOffice Extensions website. This is the fourth time we improve Apache OpenOffice distribution platforms since we started hosting Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites back in March 2012 (official timeline). Read below to know more about what’s new.

1) Login with your Facebook or Google account.

Finally Apache OpenOffice Extensions website got social, and allows people to login using their Facebook or Google accounts. This would avoid end-users the annoyance of registering and make possible for them to upload a new extension or template from the very first moment. Check it out at http://extensions.openoffice.org/user

The feature has been already tested over the last few weeks and we observed that about 30% of new users are coming this way.

2) OpenOffice 4 Compatibility Information

You can now see at a glance if an extension is OpenOffice 4 compatible (e.g. English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice). For extensions that do not provide compatibility data we welcome end-users feedback, by casting a vote to “User feedback: Compatible with OpenOffice 4.x?” you can help us to update the compatibility information for extensions that do not have it yet.

3) OS Automatic Detection

Since some extensions have different versions for the different operating systems – e.g. MySQL Driver for Apache OpenOffice – the “Download now” button automatically provides the right version, with a link to “All releases” to download versions for other platforms.

4) Co-maintainers

Now Extensions authors can enable “co-maintainers” to manage their extensions. Co-maintainers are allowed to create new releases and to modify extensions’ descriptions.