name = SourceForge.net
url = http://sourceforge.net/
commercial = Yes
type = collaborative revision control and software development management system
registration = optional
SourceForge, Inc.(Formerly VA Software)
alexa = < 130 (As of|2008|8|alt=August 2008) [cite web | url=http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main/sourceforge.net | title=sourceforge.net - Site Information from Alexa | accessdate=2008-08-08]
launch date = November 1999
current status = Active
SourceForge.net is a
source code repository. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. SourceForge.net is operated by Sourceforge, Inc.(formerly VA Software) and runs a version of the SourceForge software, forked from the last open-source version available. As of|2008|8, SourceForge.net hosts more than 180,000 projects and more than 1.9 million registered users, [cite web | url=http://alexandria.wiki.sourceforge.net/What+is+SourceForge.net%3F | title=What is SourceForge.net? | accessdate=2008-08-08] although it does contain many dormant or single-user projects.
SourceForge.net has offered free access to hosting and tools for developers of
free software/ open source softwarefor several years, and has become well-known within such development communities for these services.
SourceForge.net competes with other providers such as
RubyForge, Tigris.org, BountySource, BerliOS, JavaForgeand GNU Savannah.
The domain "sourceforge.net" attracted at least 28 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a
Compete.comsurvey. [ [http://siteanalytics.compete.com/sourceforge.net?metric=uv Sourceforge attractes almost 30m visitors yearly] ]
In 2008, the design of project pages has been updated, and now most of the information is inaccessible without
SourceForge.net allows any project uniquely named in its registry to be sub-domained as
http://project-name.sourceforge.netor http://project-name.sf.net. This gives some prominent URL branding to a project and a high activity in it can get the project listed on the main page http://sourceforge.net as a Top Project. Having a high number of registered members numbering over a million, and often been researched for project information, any participating project can gain fast access to the market of developers and users for a short and efficient adoption rate.
SourceForge.net provides storage space for a project to house content such as a
wiki, MySQL database, source code versions managed with CVS or Subversion, and even their own website pages at the subdomain location.
By uploading code to SourceForge.net, you grant SourceForge a perpetual proprietary license. [cite web
title=Terms and Conditions of Use
quote=By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through SourceForge.net, you grant "Company" a worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, fully sublicensable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, create derivative works from, publish, perform, display, rent, resell and distribute such Content (in whole or part) on SourceForge.net and incorporate Content in other works, in any form, media, or technology developed by "Company", though "Company" is not required to incorporate Feedback into any "Company" products or services. "Company" reserves the right to syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through SourceForge.net and use that Content in connection with any service offered by "Company".]
Temporary ban in mainland China
The entire SourceForge.net website was banned in mainland
Chinaaround 2002, [cite web|url=http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2119983/china-asta-la-vista-altavista|title=China says asta la vista to Altavista|publisher=vnunet.com|date= 2002-09-06|accessdate=2007-12-04] though the ban was later lifted in 2003Fact|date=December 2007. Sourceforge.net had been blocked in China as of June 26, 2008. [http://www.moon-blog.com/2008/06/sourceforge-blocked-in-china.html SourceForge Blocked In China] ] This blocking may be related to the recent protests of Beijing Olympic Games, which began on 8 August, 2008. This follows the China-boycott of the developer(s) of the (sourceforge hosted) FOSSsoftware product Notepad++. The project's developer said that the action is not against Chinese people, but against Chinese government's repression against Tibetan unrest earlier in this year. This ban was lifted on July 23, 2008.
Office of Foreign Assets Control(e.g., Cubaand Iran). As of|2008|1, people from those countries can browse SourceForge projects and download from them, but access to the secure server (https://sourceforge.net) is not allowed. This means that people coming from those IP addresses can't login to SourceForge or contribute to projects.
Comparison of open source software hosting facilities
* [http://sourceforge.net SourceForge.net]
* " [http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/cnews/article.php/3705731 The SourceForge Story] ", by James Maguire (
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