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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

Update: How to migrate from Google Code to SourceForge

As many of you already know, Google Code was set to read-only mode on August 24, 2015 in preparation for Google Code’s final farewell on January 25th, 2016. If you just caught the news, SourceForge has been offering Google Code projects a path to easily migrate from Google Code to SourceForge since March 2015, when Google announced their plans to progressively deprecate their free hosting and download service. Our importer, which Google mentioned in a page dedicated to support tools, has already been used for over 2000 imports since then.

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What can I expect when migrating to SourceForge?

While the GitHub importer converts any SVN or Mercurial project to Git, only SourceForge offers a migration path from Google Code that allows you to keep your Git, Mercurial, or SVN project repos intact. And the SourceForge importer converts all your wiki pages, issues including attachments, and download files.

We welcome you to migrate from Google Code to SourceForge today! And let us know if you have any questions at communityteam@sourceforge.net.

Video Demo

For additional information, see: How to sync a GitHub or Google Code repo to a SourceForge project.

Only the name has changed

Several months ago, we announced that SourceForge (and Slashdot and FreeCode) were acquired by Dice Holdings. As part of that transition, the name of our parent company is changing this week. We’re now part of a parent company called Slashdot Media instead of Geeknet Media.

That’s all that’s changed. SourceForge is still dedicated to being your trusted source for Open Source, and will continue to provide free hosting for your Open Source project.

While you won’t see any changes to our services, or in our passion for Open Source, you may notice some changes to the site over the coming months. For example, in the right sidebar on project pages, you’ll see jobs in your area, provided by our partners Dice, the #1 technical job board website, with access to over 80,000 job listings around the world.

If you want to know more about our new corporate entity, you can read all about it at http://slashdotmedia.com/

July 2012 SourceForge newsletter

In case you missed it, this was the July SourceForge newsletter

SourceForge Allura becomes Apache Allura (Incubating). Liferay Portal is Project of the Month.

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community! It’s been a very busy month for us, and we have some exciting news to tell you about.

SourceForge Allura becomes Apache Allura!

We have a few news items this month that we’re super excited about. The biggest one is that SourceForge Allura has become Apache Allura (Incubating)! Allura (https://sourceforge.net/projects/allura/) is the software that powers SourceForge. If you have an older SourceForge project, and haven’t upgraded to the newest version of SourceForge, you’re missing out on all sorts of new goodness (See https://sourceforge.net/p/allura/wiki/Features/ for details). You can upgrade your project(s) at https://sourceforge.net/p/upgrade/.

The Apache Incubator (http://incubator.apache.org) is the process by which Open Source projects join the Apache Software Foundation. We decided several months ago that there would be many advantages, both to us, and to our developer community, to submitting Allura to the Apache Incubator. Allura has been Open Source since day one, but it’s led a rather quiet life. We wanted, among other things, to get a larger developer community involved in it. Also, by moving development of our core site code outside of SourceForge, we reaffirm to you, our developers, that we have no intention of locking you and your data up in our service.

On June 25th, Allura officially became Apache Allura, Incubating at the Apache Software Foundation. You can follow the progress of this incubation at (http://incubator.apache.org/projects/allura.html), and we’re sure to blog regularly about it at http://sf.net/blog as things move along.

We’ll be at OSCON (http://oscon.com) this week, and we have a session scheduled for Thursday evening to talk about what’s in Allura, and what it means for the future of SourceForge. Details of that session are available at http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012/public/schedule/detail/25806

Liferay Portal is Project of the Month

July’s SourceForge Project of the Month is Liferay Portal – https://sourceforge.net/projects/lportal/. Liferay Portal is a web application designed to make it fast and easy to build a website. It’s used by such high-profile sites as Marines.com, SesameStreet.com, and developer.cisco.com. You can read more about Liferay at https://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-liferay/

The Project of the Month is chosen by a vote conducted at Twtpoll. The candidates are chosen from projects that exhibited the most pronounced growth in the previous month. You can see the results of July’s poll at http://twtpoll.com/b0zo1b, and you can vote for the August Project of the Month at http://twtpoll.com/38z6wj (Update: The vote is over, and XOOPS is the August Project of the Month.).

Keep Me Updated!

We’re excited to announce another new feature at SourceForge. We know how hard it is to keep updated on the various products that you’ve downloaded from all over the web. We want to help you keep updated on programs you’ve downloaded from SourceForge. So we’ve added a service that will notify you when projects you’re interested in have released a new version.

If you’re logged in, you’ll see the new Updater icon at the top right of most pages. This will take you to https://sourceforge.net/user/updates where you’ll see a list of products you’ve downloaded recently. You can subscribe to receive an update email the next time that project pushes out a new release.

You’ll also see a new “Subscribe To Updates” button on a project’s summary page, which will subscribe you to updates just for that project.

We’ll only use this service to notify you of new releases about the specific projects that you’ve expressed interest in.

Hosted Apps Retirement: Update

Several weeks ago we announced that the Hosted Apps service would be retired soon. This resulted in many questions, and some confusion as to what exactly we were talking about.

Last week we sent out a mailing to those of you who would be directly affected by this change. If you missed that, or are in any way confused about what we’re doing, we’ve posted that clarification to our blog, at http://sourceforge.net/blog/hosted-apps-migration-update/

We’ve also heard your feedback that the deadline was too soon, and we’ve pushed that back to give you more time to do the migrations necessary to compensate for this service being discontinued. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you still have any questions. We’re keeping a FAQ, along with the migration documentation, at https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/community-docs/Hosted%20Apps%20Retirement/. You can check to see which if your projects are affected, if any, at https://sourceforge.net/help/hostedapps/.

Thanks for your feedback!

A few days ago, you might have received email asking for your input on what we can do better in this mailing. We received a lot of really helpful feedback, and I’m hoping to start incorporating that feedback in upcoming newsletters, including this one, and also in blog postings. The past month has been exceedingly busy, with the Allura incubation, and preparing for OSCON, so the blog has been very quiet lately. But based on your feedback, that should change in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks so much for the time that you took to write thoughtful responses, with constructive criticism and suggestions. Yes, there was the occasional “you guys suck” response, but for the most part, the feedback was actually useful. We truly have the best developer community around, and we appreciate you very much.

If you have anything else you’d like to tell us, or if you missed that mailing entirely, please let us know at NLfeedback@sourceforge.net Thanks again!

Did you know?

The first project (Enlightenment – https://sourceforge.net/projects/enlightenment) registered on SourceForge was on Thursday, November 4th, 1999. We crossed the 1000 project mark on Wed, January 5th, 2000, the 2000 project mark on Tuesday, February 8th, 2000, and the 10,000 project mark on Thursday, September 28th, 2000. We currently have over 300,000 projects.

Top Growth Projects

We like to celebrate the success of our projects. These are the ones that, over the last month, have experienced the most rapid growth.

Apache OpenOffice: A wonderful multiplatform and multilingual office suite. http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror

DeSmuME: DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator. http://sourceforge.net/projects/desmume

SABnzbdPlus: SABnzbd is a cross-platform binary newsreader. It makes downloading from Usenet easy by automating the whole thing. You give it an NZB file or an RSS feed, it does the rest. Has a web-browser based UI and an API for 3rd-party apps. Ideal for servers too. http://sourceforge.net/projects/sabnzbdplus

qBittorrent: An advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice Qt4 user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. http://sourceforge.net/projects/qbittorrent

Classic Shell: Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others. http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell

Password Safe: Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all. http://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe

InstagramDownloader: Instagram Downloader (Public Accounts) http://sourceforge.net/projects/instagramdownlo

Network Spoofer: Change websites on a Wifi network http://sourceforge.net/projects/netspoof

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. http://sourceforge.net/projects/typo3?source=newsletter

NAS4Free: NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorrent (initiator and target) and all this is highly configurable by its web interface. NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, Hard disk or booted from a LiveCD with a usb stick. http://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free

Subversion for Windows: Win32 build of Subversion. These binaries are built using Visual C++ 6.0 Should work on all flavours of Windows from NT4 to Win7/2008 including server variants (not all tested). Module for Apache 2.2 is included. http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32svn

Ultimate Edition: Ultimate Edition Linux, previously “Ubuntu Ultimate Edition”. We cater to a large base of *nix users including, but certainly not limited to gamers & low resource computers. We have a Ultimate Edition for virtually any user. http://sourceforge.net/projects/ultimateedition

Hattrick Organizer: Helper Tool for online-manager Hattrick (www.hattrick.org). http://sourceforge.net/projects/ho1?source=newsletter

BCM – Bravo Cyanogenmod: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bravocm

wxWidgets: Cross-platform C++ GUI Framework http://sourceforge.net/projects/wxwindows?source=newsletter

Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy Server: The Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy (ASSP) Server project aims to create an open source platform-independent SMTP Proxy server which implements auto-whitelists, Bayesian, Greylisting and multiple filter methods. http://sourceforge.net/projects/assp

0 A.D.: 0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy game. http://sourceforge.net/projects/zero-ad

Pinguy OS: Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks. http://sourceforge.net/projects/pinguy-os?source=newsletter

America’s Army 2.5 Assist: A GUI client application for Downloading Installing and Playing America’s Army 2.5 on Windows, Mac and Linux with a new custom authorization system. On the server side a Desktop server manager for Windows, Mac and Linux and a Command line dedicated server manager for Windows and Linux. Backend server components include a replacement authorization system using the Battletracker account & stats database and a PunkBuster log streaming server which records players possible cheating activities. http://sourceforge.net/projects/aa25assist

Until Next Time …

Thanks for reading this far. We really appreciate your interest, and your participation in the SourceForge community.

A few last notes in closing. We’d love it if you’d consider following us on Twitter (@sourceforge), where we announce project releases and other news around SourceForge and Open Source software. Our other twitter account, @sfnet_ops, is where we announce site outages and other site problems, as well as updates about the site. And we also have a page on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/sourceforgenet where you can connect to other SourceForge fans, and see our longer news updates.

Our blog, at http://sf.net/blog, contains regular updates about the site, SourceForge news, and other items of interest to Open Source software developers.

If you have anything you’d like to talk with us about – the site, your project, the newsletter, or Open Source in general, you can contact us at communityteam@sourceforge.net. I’d particularly like to hear from you if you’re interested in doing an interview (email or audio) about your project, for the SourceForge blog.

Hosted apps retirement

At SourceForge, we’re continually pushing the developer experience forward, trying to provide you with the tools and services that you need to develop on your projects.

Sometimes this means that we need to retire a service that has outlived its usefulness, and is no longer maintainable. Today we’re announcing the end of life of the Hosted Apps platform. Effective immediately, we’re not allowing any new creation of Hosted Apps, and we’re asking you to migrate those hosted apps into your own project web space.

Some of these apps were taken offline temporarily a few weeks ago, and two apps – WordPress and phpwebsite – remain offline.

Hosted Apps will go offline permanently on September 1, 2012. This gives you all Summer to plan and migrate your data. UPDATE: we’re pushing the date on this back. Move detail on the new timeline is on our Hosted Apps Retirement information page.

There’s a variety of reasons that this is necessary, but what they come down to is that the effort required to maintain this feature has come to outweigh the benefits. Furthermore, with a single installation of each of these apps, we weren’t able to offer you the flexibility of configuration, plugins, and themes that many projects wanted and expected.

For those of you that are using the Hosted App functionality, you can already get backups of that data for your own uses. That data is yours, not ours, and we want to be sure that you have a way to get it out.

For Classic projects, you can get a backup from: Project Admin > Features > "Backups" row > "Hosted Apps"

For new or upgraded projects, it’s in: Admin > Tools > Hosted Apps, Admin Hosted Apps > backup link.

At this time we have detailed migration documents for moving WordPress to your project web space. Docs for the next most popular apps (phpBB, MediaWiki and Trac) will follow shortly. Because these were customized versions of these applications, there’s a few tricks in migrating your data.

One major aspect of this customization was the ability to authenticate against SourceForge.net accounts, and we’ll be adding OpenID support very soon in order to replace the functionality that you’d otherwise be losing here.

Also, our new Allura platform has many core features that were provided by the Hosted Apps platform. You can migrate your project to the new platform by going to https://sourceforge.net/p/upgrade/ and pressing the “Upgrade” button.

We also have a data API which could be used to migrate your data directly to your upgraded SourceForge project. If you write such a migration script before we get around to it, please let us know.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you, but we’re confident that the time and resources that this frees up will allow us to move forward even more quickly on developing features to make project development even better. As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

Please continue to check back for ongoing updates on this issue. We’ll be posting updated migration documents as soon as they are completed and tested, and we’ll continue to update you on the status of the OpenID implementation, as well as other features that will smooth the path of migration.