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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.

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