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December community newsletter

Subject: JStock is project of the month; Games for the Holidays; The year in review;

It’s hard to believe that the end of 2012 is just a few days away. It’s been a great year for SourceForge. More about that later. Let’s start with this month:

JStock is the Project of the Month

JStock is a free stock market software for 26 countries. It provides stock watchlist, intraday stock price snapshot, stock indicator editor, stock indicator scanner and portfolio management. Free SMS/email alert supported.

Earlier this month we spoke with Yan Chen Cheok, the lead developer on this project. You can listen, or read, to find out more about JStock, at And, if you’re interested in the stock market, you can use JStock to help you become a smarter investor.

Please vote for the January Project of the Month. You’ll find the list of candidates, and a link to the vote, at (You’ll need to be signed in to Twitter to vote, as a preventative measure against robo-voting.) Note: Vote is closed. Stay tuned for the January POTM announcement.

SourceForge is hiring

SourceForge, and our sister sites Slashdot and Freecode, are looking for some additions to our team. We’re looking for a Systems Programmer/Analyst, who will work on the team that oversees production and development systems, databases, systems integration, infrastructure, and networks for the Geeknet Media sites (Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode) and associated services. You’ll find details of this position at

We’re also looking for a Senior Systems Administrator in the Chicago, IL area. You can find more details on that position at

Finally, we’re looking for a Front End Engineer for our Dexter, MI office. The details of that position are at

If you’re interested in any of these positions, please click the red “Click Here to Apply” button on that site.

Games for The Holidays

If you’re a video game buff, new games for the holidays are always a winner. And if they’re free, that’s even better. Last year around this time, we did a blog entry ( about free games, and since then we’ve done a number of features about the many games on SourceForge. We even tried to create a comprehensive list – – which is still very much a work in process.

Platform Updates

Our team of engineers is constantly pushing out updates to the developer platform. However, we’ve done a rather poor job in the past of telling you what they’re up to, which is an injustice both to them and to you.

We’ve started a new series of blog posts, which you’ll find at, where we’ll tell you what they’ve pushed out. We don’t cover everything, because much of it, although important, is behind-the-scenes stuff you won’t necessarily see. But we’ll cover the changes that we think will affect your daily use of the site, or which fix problems that many of you are likely to have seen.

We tend to operate in two-week sprints, but we also do minor pushes in between the major ones, so the frequency of these posts will vary from week to week. We hope that you find them helpful in keeping up with the progress of our platform.

Two recent additions include the 5-star ratings feature ( and the addition of your Twitter handle to your project summary page ( We think that both of these features will enhance your attachment to your community.

You can also see what we’ll be working on next (see the Milestone list on the left) and vote on tickets for upcoming milestones, at

Help Wanted

Every now and then, every project needs a little help. We have a forum at where you can post your needs, or your desire to help.

Here’s some projects that are looking for developers or designers to help them out.

Sqliteman is looking for someone to adopt the project. Sqliteman is a sqlite3 GUI frontend for developers and db users, written in C++ and QT4. If you’re interested, respond to the article at

Aurora Game Manager is looking for a creative developer and a PC gamer to jump in on the effort. They describe more of what they’re looking for at Aurora is written using Java Swing.

XOOPS is looking for PHP developers, and for designers. XOOPS is a PHP CMS which was recently the SourceForge project of the month. You can follow up on the post at if you’re interested.

The Vega Strike project is looking for artists to design 3D cockpit interiors. That request can be seen at and you can follow up on that post.

And, as importantly, there’s another forum for developers in search of a project. If your project is looking for new talent, have a look at the developer profiles posted at and see if one of them is what you’re looking for.

Projects of the Month – a year in review

We’ve had some really great Projects of the Month this year, with very closely contested votes many months. At we review all of the featured projects for 2012, including the current project of the month, JStock.

Top Growth Projects

We’re always on the lookout for projects that might be doing interesting things, and a surge in downloads is one of many metrics that we look at to identify them. Here’s the projects that had the greatest growth in the last month.

Stellarium: A realistic, real-time 3D simulation of the night sky.

Moodle: Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

Eclipse and Java Video Tutorials: Free video screencam tutorials for Eclipse and Java. Includes “Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners”, “Using the Eclipse Workbench”, “Introducing Persistence”, and “Using the Debugger”. Intended for beginning and intermediate users and programmer

Lazarus: Rapid applications development tool and libraries for FPC

West Point Bridge Designer and Contest: A national virtual bridge engineering contest for kids of all ages.

Zenoss Core – Enterprise IT Monitoring: Zenoss Core is an enterprise network and systems management application written in Python. Zenoss provides an integrated product for monitoring availability, performance, events and configuration across layers and across platforms.

MO Virtual Router: Virtual Wi-Fi For Windows 8

Kiwix: Wikipedia offline & more

AkelPad: A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast.

tuntaposx: Unix-style tun and tap virtual network interfaces for Mac OS X.

PosteRazor – Make your own poster!: Want to print a poster? PosteRazor cuts an image file into pieces and you can print them on your printer and glue them together to a poster. Easy FLTK based user interface. Uses FreeImage for image loading. Creates PDFs as output.

xplanner-plus: XPlanner+ is a web-based project planning and tracking tool.

ShellEd: ShellEd is a superb shell script editor for Eclipse. The benefits of this plugin are the integration of man page information for content assist/hover help and the ability to run your project’s shell scripts without leaving Eclipse. Check it out!

Sims3 Tools: Tools using the s3pi library and other related works – package editor (with simple objk, vpxy and language string editors and a DDS file tool), object cloner and sims3pack packer/unpacker. Runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

RapidMiner — Data Mining, ETL, OLAP, BI: No 1 in Business Analytics: Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, ETL, Reporting, Dashboards in One Tool. 1000+ methods: data mining, business intelligence, ETL, data mining, data analysis + Weka + R, forecasting, visualization, business intelligence.

Arch Bang: ArchBang is a simple GNU/Linux distribution which provides you with a lightweight Arch Linux system combined with the OpenBox window manager. Suitable for both desktop and portable systems – It is fast, stable, and always up to date.

NASA WorldWind: NASA World Wind is a graphically rich 3D virtual globe for use on desktop computers running Windows. It combines NASA imagery generated from satellites that have produced Blue Marble, Landsat 7, SRTM, MODIS and more.

PhotoFilmStrip: PhotoFilmStrip creates movies out of your pictures in just 3 steps. First select your photos, customize the motion path and render the video. There are several output possibilities for VCD, SVCD, DVD up to FULL-HD. Creates animated slideshows.

py2exe: A distutils extension to create standalone windows programs from python scripts.

In Closing …

As always, thanks for being part of the SourceForge community.

If you want more frequent updates than this newsletter, there’s several places where we make those updates. We’re on Twitter – We’re on Facebook – We’re on Google+ – And if you follow the opensource and software Reddits, and respectively, you’ll see the occasional post from us there, too.

And, of course, there’s our blog – – where we post longer articles about our projects and our platform.

Keep coding.

The SourceForge Community Team

November 2012 newsletter

In case you missed our November newsletter …

Subject: Rigs of Rods is Project of the Month; Help Wanted; SourceForge is hiring; More …

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community!

Rigs of Rods is Project of the Month

After four months of thoroughly practical POTMs, it’s time for something fun. November’s Project of the Month is Rigs of Rods. Rigs of Rods is a softbody physics simulator. To physicists, that means that it simulates the way that most objects, like, say, cars and trucks, are constructed of mass points, rather than being a single solid block. To the rest of us, that means that Rigs of Rods is a cool game where you can watch what happens when you crash those cars and trucks into things.

RoR has a huge user community around it ( – people who are passionate about creating models of their favorite vehicles – including planes, boats, and trains, as well as cars and trucks. And because physics doesn’t lie, these vehicles behave just as they would in the real world. You can see some great videos of this on YouTube. Then, go download RoR and play with it yourself.

Looking forward, we have some great candidates on the ballot for the December Project of the Month. Please have a look at them, and go vote!

Help Wanted

The response to our “Help Wanted” newsletter sections, and blog posts has been overwhelming, with every one receiving responses from interested developers, as well as further email from other projects wanting to be added to the list.

We’re going to keep doing these things, but we recognize that the approach doesn’t scale to quite the level we need it to. So we’ve launched a Help Wanted forum where projects can look for developers, and developers can look for projects. You can still email us directly, if you prefer, but posting directly to that forum will let you engage with the conversation, and receive notifications when someone has responded.

SourceForge is Hiring

As you may remember, SourceForge recently acquired Dice. (They see it the other way around. It’s all a matter of perspective.) This month we’re using the Dice website to look for a new member of our team here at SourceForge.
We’re looking for a Systems Programmer/Analyst to work on the Slashdot, SourceForge, and Freecode sites. You can read all the details at

Upgrade to the new SourceForge

As we’ve mentioned in other mailings, we’re working towards retiring the old SourceForge platform, so that we’re not maintaining two platforms, and can move forward faster. In order to do this, we’re trying to get everyone migrated to the new platform this year.

If you’d like to move to the new platform on your own time, time’s running out. You can look through some of the new functionality at You can upgrade your project by clicking the “Upgrade” button at If you’re concerned about the upgrade process, or about the functionality of the new platform, please don’t hesitate to contact us ( to discuss your concerns.

Top Twenty Growth

Every month we highlight projects that have seen substantial growth in the last month, as measured by downloads. This month, there’s a lot of familiar names and projects that have been with us a long time.

Ares Galaxy: Filesharing-Bittorrent p2p client

Azureus / Vuze: Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a P2P file sharing client using the bittorrent protocol. Search and download torrent files. Play, convert and transcode videos and music for playing on many devices such as PSP, TiVo, XBox, PS3, iTunes (iPhone, iPod, Apple TV).

DeSmuME: DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator.

Classic Shell: Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.

KompoZer: KompoZer is a wysiwyg HTML editor using the Mozilla Composer codebase. As Nvu’s development stopped in 2005, KompoZer fixes many bugs and adds a few useful features.

SABnzbdPlus: The automatic usenet download tool

FreeNAS: FreeNAS is an Open Source Storage Platform and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS (high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software)

UltraDefrag: Increase your system performance with this simple to use tool

4k Download: Free video and audio download from YouTube and other services

Rigs of Rods: softbody physics simulation

Orwell Dev-C++: A portable C/C++/C++11 IDE

StarUML: StarUML is an open source project to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as RationalRose, Together and so on.

LOIC: Low Orbit Ion Cannon. The project just keeps and maintenances (bug fixing) the code written by the original author – Praetox, but is not associated or related with it.

cm10i9100vsync: Yet another android ROM distribution.

PNotes: PNotes is light-weight, flexible, skinnable manager of virtual notes on your desktop. It supports multiple languages, individual note’s settings, transparency and scheduling. Absolutely portable as well – no traces in registry.

eMule Plus: eMule Plus is an evolution of the original eMule project, created to improve its abilities and features, in both work efficiency and user interface.

DreaMule: It´s a ed2k file sharing client, done for easy of use and speed.

SugarCRM – commercial open source CRM: Affordable and easy to use customer relationship management

PyQt: The GPL licensed Python bindings for the Qt application framework

pseint: A tool for learning programming basis with a simple spanish pseudocode

Network Spoofer: Change websites on a Wifi network

In Closing

As always, thanks for being part of the SourceForge community.

If you want more frequent updates than this newsletter, there’s several places where we make those updates. We’re on Twitter. We’re on Facebook. We’re on Google+. And if you follow the opensource and software Reddits, and respectively, you’ll see the occasional post from us there, too.

And, of course, there’s our blog – – where we post longer articles about our projects and our platform.

Keep coding.

The SourceForge Community Team

September SourceForge Developer Mailing

In case you missed it, here’s the September developer mailing

Upgrade to the new SourceForge; PeaZip is Project of the Month; Looking for Developers.

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge Community!

Upgrade to the new SourceForge

If you’re still using the old SourceForge, you’re missing out on the work that we’ve been doing for the last two years. It’s time to upgrade.

What do I get if I upgrade?

Upgrading your project to the new SourceForge gives you:

  • More tightly integrated code browsing, issue tracking, and documentation
  • Actively developed software, so that your requests for changes and features will be addressed in a timely manner
  • Open Source – you can participate in the development of the SourceForge experience yourself, or write plugins that extend its functionality

At least as important – and you understand this if you’re a developer yourself – we can stop maintaining two diverging codebases, and focus on the one that matters. Once we’re able to retire the old code, we’ll be able to move twice as fast.

How do I upgrade?

Go to and press the big upgrade button. Couldn’t be easier.

Who has already upgraded?

Well, for starters, we have. SourceForge itself is developed on SourceForge. In that way, we get to experience the platform as we’re working – eating our own dogfood, as the saying goes. In that way, we have a big incentive to fix problems as they come up, and we also know what features developers are likely to want, because we want them for ourselves.

Other interesting projects that have upgraded are:

VLC media player: VLC media player is a free and open source media player and multimedia framework written by the VideoLAN project. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats.

HandBrake: Convert between a wide variety of multimedia formats

UNetbootin, Universal Netboot Installer: Create bootable Live Linux USB drives without burning a CD

Apache Templates: Templates for the Apache office suite

ophcrack: Ophcrack is a Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off using rainbow tables. This is a new variant of Hellman’s original trade-off, with better performance. It recovers 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords in seconds.

ClamWin Free Antivirus: Free Antivirus for Windows.

… and about 70,000 other projects are on the new SourceForge. Don’t get left behind!

PeaZip is Project of the Month

We’re delighted to announce that PeaZip is the September 2012 Project of the Month. PeaZip is a free cross-platform file and archive manager utility that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX. You can create: 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP. And you can extract 150+ archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX and more

Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.

You can read, or listen to, our interview with PeaZip at

Also, don’t forget to vote for October’s Project of the Month at

Internet Success: A Study of Open-Source Software Commons – MIT Press

Several years ago, researchers Charlie Schweik and Bob English, and their team at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, conducted a survey of SourceForge developers to answer the question of what makes some Open Source projects successful, while others are abandoned.

While this question has certainly been asked before, their research constitutes the first large-scale empirical study to look at social, technical, and institutional aspects of OSS, to address this question.

The survey went to over 50,000 of you, and over 1,400 of you actually responded, representing a broad cross-section of SourceForge projects. The original survey can be seen at and if you want to do your own analysis, the survey results can be obtained at

The book looks at over forty factors that, based on earlier academic research, the authors thought might be important for OSS project success. These include everything from technical factors like OS and programming language to governance factors like software license, and social factors such as whether the developers of the project are geographically co-located, or spread across multiple continents and time zones.

Charlie and Bob want to thank you, the SourceForge community, for donating your valuable time to completing the survey and making their research possible. You can read the data they collected, as well as notes on their research methodology, on their website at and you can buy the entire book on Amazon, at We’re looking forward to reading more about their conclusions, and sharing some of those conclusions with you once our copy of the book arrives.

Looking for Developers

Last month we featured a couple of projects that are looking for developers, and this was a big hit, so we’re going to make it a regular feature of this mailing.

Comical ( is a portable CBR and CBZ viewer written in C++ using wxWidgets. It supports multiple image formats and uses high-quality image scaling algorithms to fit pages onscreen. What that means to the rest of us is that this a reader for comic books. The project hasn’t had a release for a while, and is looking for new developers to rejuvenate it. If you want to get involved in Comical, contact the SourceForge community team at

Handbrake is looking for developers and graphic artists to assist on the project. You can read more at and contact the community through the links there. Handbrake is an application that converts from many common multimedia file formats, including unprotected DVD or BluRay sources to a handful of modern output file formats.

The facile CMS project mentioned in a blog post at that new developers would be welcomed to the project. Facile is a new CMS project starting from the ground up to be simple and easy.

Members of the VirtualDubMod project ( have indicated that, although the project has been dormant for a long time, the VirtualDub project on which it is based has progressed a long way in the meantime. It would be useful for someone to step in and bring it up to the present, so that the many people who download it every day are getting something that’s current.

The Nullsoft Scriptable Install System project ( is a Windows install development tool. They’re looking for new developers to help out with the effort. They’d particularly like to have someone who would be willing to be a release manager, so that they can get out monthly releases in a standard manner.


Earlier in the year, we mentioned that 18% of all Google Summer of Code projects were SourceForge projects. ( The summer is over, and it’s time for those projects to present their results. And, so far, the results seem to be great. We’ve spoken with a number of projects about their summer, and the responses are all glowing. The consensus seems to be that it’s the best batch of summer students ever, and a number of projects are ready to push new releases based on that work.

Those interviews are all available on the SourceForge blog, at, and there are more to come as projects wrap up those summer projects and integrate them into their releases.

Top Twenty

Every month we like to show you the projects that have surged forward in one way or another over the last few weeks. Sometimes this is because of a new release. Sometimes it’s because they got a new developer on board who’s doing amazing things. We think you should be on the lookout for these projects.

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).

KeePass Password Safe: A free open source password manager.

Apache Extensions: Over 650 Extensions ready to use with Apache OpenOffice.

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. Runs on Windows(2000, XP, Vista and Seven).

Classic Shell: Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.

Code::Blocks: Free, open-source, cross-platform C/C++ IDE

Notepad++ Plugins: Notepad++ plugins is a collection of tools which plays a role of completion for Notepad++. This project contains Explorer, Function List, Hex Editor, Spell Checker and a console program NppExec. Other plugin developers are invited to share their projects

Lazarus: Rapid applications development tool and libraries for FPC

GNU Octave Repository: Central storage place for script and function files used with GNU Octave.

Celestia: Real-time 3D visualization of space

DrJava: DrJava is a lightweight programming environment for Java designed to foster test-driven software development. It includes an intelligent program editor, an interactions pane for evaluating program text, a source level debugger, and a unit testing tool.

Wineskin: Turn Windows programs and games into Mac OS X apps.

avidemux-mswin: Avidemux builds for Microsoft Windows

TurnKey Linux: TurnKey Linux is an opensource project that aims to develop high-quality software appliances that are easy to deploy, easy to use and free. In a nutshell, we believe everything that can be easy, should be easy!

Maxima — GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA: Maxima is a fairly complete computer algebra system written in Common Lisp with an emphasis on symbolic computation. It is based on DOE-MACSYMA and licensed under the GPL. Its abilities include symbolic integration, 3D plotting, and an ODE solver.

emule Xtreme Mod: emule client, based on official emule version (see
many enhancements and bugfixes, for details see provided changelog

SmartCam: SmartCam – Smart Phone Web Camera – Turns a camera phone (S60, WinMo6.x, Android, Samsung Bada) with bluetooth or WiFi into a handy webcam ready to use with your PC

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, Bittorent (initiator and target) and all this is highly configurable by it’s WEB interface.

PeaZip: PeaZip is a free cross-platform file and archive manager utility that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX. Create: 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP Extract 150+ archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX and more.

In Closing

As always, thanks for being part of the SourceForge community. Every day, we’re amazed at your passion, and we’re impressed by the code that you release. Keep it up!

If you’re not following us on Twitter, you should. Every day, we tweet about a bunch of projects that have released something amazing.

Our Facebook page the posts are a less frequent, but there, too, we’ll tell you about projects that are doing great things.

And, of course, there’s our blog – – where we post longer articles about our projects and our service.

Until next month …

The SourceForge Community Team