Advogato: Leaving SourceForge
Oct 25, 2001, 11:15 (18 Talkback[s])
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"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
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."