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Advogato: Leaving SourceForge

Oct 25, 2001, 11:15 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by advogato)
"The financial situation for VA Linux looks bleak. Those of us who depend on SourceForge for development are, or should be, getting worried. Already, one of the core services provided by SourceForge has fallen into "no longer being maintained". It seems prudent to develop back-up plans.

Of course, it's possible that SourceForge will continue to function smoothly. It wouldn't be at all unexpected for a company with a large stake in open source to take it over. However, many of the dot-com closings have been abrupt, taking even employees by surprise. Ghostscript, for example, simply cannot afford this disruption.

Free software is robust and decentralized enough that I doubt the closing of SourceForge will have much long-term impact. If nothing else, it will result in a much needed "garbage collection" of hopeless projects. All projects worth their salt will find a new home without much difficulty."

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