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Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that your 2013 is prosperous and productive, and that time for Open Source finds its way into your new year’s resolutions.
DOSBox is Project of the Month
We’re proud to announce that DOSBox is the January 2013 Project of the Month. It also has the distinction of being the first project ever to receive this honor twice, winning it in May 2009 as well.
DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with sound and DOS. Its main use is to run old DOS games on platforms which don’t have DOS (Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X).
We spoke with two of the development team on IRC, and that entire interview can be seen on our blog, at http://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-201301/ and you can see all past POTM recipents at http://sf.net/potm
Please also take a moment to vote for the February project of the month, at http://sourceforge.net/blog/vote-potm-201302/ (Note: vote is now closed.)
We’ve had a great month for updates to the developer platform. Since the last mailing, we’ve added a number of important features, or improved existing ones. Of course, you’ll only have access to these improvements if your project is using the new Sourceforge. If you haven’t upgraded already, now’s the time. Go to https://sourceforge.net/p/upgrade and press the upgrade button to get on board.
Linking your project to your Twitter stream – http://sourceforge.net/blog/your-projects-twitter-stream/ This is the first in a series of updates the platform that will let you more easily publicize your work via Twitter and other social media channels.
Side-by-side diffs – http://sourceforge.net/blog/platform-updates-side-by-side-diffs/ We’ve added a side-by-side view to the diff tool when reviewing changes in your SCM. This makes it really easy to tell at a glance what changed and where.
Menu cleanup for projects with lots of tools – http://sourceforge.net/blog/platform-update-menu-cleanup/ Projects with large numbers of code repositories, ticket trackers, or other tools can now consolidate tools of the same type into a single menu item, and thus avoid navigation menu clutter.
Ticket tracker reporting customization – http://sourceforge.net/blog/platform-update-tracker-columns Project admins can now customize what columns are shown in their ticket tracker list view, adding (or removing) several columns that were not available in this view before.
As always, we encourage you to vote on tickets in the tracker – https://sourceforge.net/p/allura/tickets/ – to influence what will be worked on next.
New Year’s Resolutions
It’s not too late to make some New Year’s resolutions, and maybe SourceForge can help you with some of them. You can update your resumé with some great templates (http://templates.openoffice.org/en/taxonomy/term/158) and Apache Open Office (https://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/), automate your home lights with MisterHouse (http://sourceforge.net/projects/misterhouse/) or rearrange your living room with SweetHome3D (https://sourceforge.net/projects/sweethome3d/).
And getting involved in an Open Source project is a great New Year’s resolution. Use TortoiseSVN (https://sourceforge.net/projects/tortoisesvn/) to ease the learning curve into participation, and check out our Help Wanted forum (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/) for ideas of where you might be able to plug in.
For more ideas of using Open Source in 2013, see some of our resolutions on our blog at http://sourceforge.net/blog/new-years-resolutions/
With over 300,000 projects and almost 3.5 million users, it can be a little difficult to match up a developer with a project. The Help Wanted forum (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/) is one attempt to get projects in touch with developers and vice versa.
If you want to work on something, have a look to see what projects are looking for help. Or, if your project needs something, posting there should be part of your search process.
The EasyObject project is looking for people to help them with testing. EasyObjects is a PHP5 and jQuery web application framework. You can engage with the community at https://sourceforge.net/p/easyobject/discussion/testing/
The superbios project (https://sourceforge.net/projects/superbios) is looking for developers. You can respond to their posting at https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/programmers/thread/e664c976/
And numerous developers are looking for projects that need their particular skills. (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/developers/) If your project needs help, start there, and be sure to check back often to follow up.
Top Growth Projects
Here’s the projects that have seen the fastest growth in the last month. There’s some familiar ones, and a few we haven’t seen before. Thanks to all of them for being part of the SourceForge community.
Media Player Classic – Home Cinema: Home of Media Player Classic – Home Cinema. This project is based on the original Guliverkli project, and contains additional features and bug fixes (see complete list on the project’s Website). http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpc-hc
Megacubo: Megacubo is a IPTV tuner application written in PHP + Winbinder. It has a catalogue of links of TV streams which are available for free in the web. At the moment it only runs on Windows (2000, XP, Vista and Seven). http://sourceforge.net/projects/megacubo-br
DVDStyler: DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played on standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdstyler
FreePOPs: FreePOPs is a webmail to pop3 conversion daemon. It is extensible to support other webmail using the scripting language LUA. See the homepage for supported webmails. http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepops
Lightweight Java Game Library: The Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) is a solution aimed directly at professional and amateur Java programmers alike to enable commercial quality games to be written in Java. LWJGL provides developers access to high performance crossplatform libraries such as OpenGL (Open Graphics Library), OpenCL (Open Computing Language) and OpenAL (Open Audio Library) allowing for state of the art 3D games and 3D sound. Additionally LWJGL provides access to controllers such as Gamepads, Steering wheel and Joysticks. All in a simple and straight forward API. http://sourceforge.net/projects/java-game-lib
Open Nautical Charts: Open Nautical Charts produce seacharts for everybody. This charts are usable (offline) with several ship-plotters and Navigation-equipement on board. kap. KMZ WCI. Png Jpr png-cal For example with Open CPN. http://sourceforge.net/projects/opennautical
gpw: Guv’nor Portable Workspace aims to bring many of your favourite applications in a ‘portable’ format, so you can use them anytime, anywhere… directly running from a USB removable device. http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpw
In Closing …
Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community!
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The SourceForge Community Team