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UPDATED: FSF Europe: SourceForge drifting

Nov 12, 2001, 22:08 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Loïc Dachary)

[ SourceForge.net's manager, Patrick McGovern, has rebutted several of the points made in this article. ]

"Over the past few months the SourceForge development facility, which hosts a large number of Free Software projects, has changed its policies. Features for exporting a project from SourceForge have been removed. The implementation used to be exclusively Free Software but is now based on non-free software. Finally, VA Linux[1] has become rather underhand in their attempts to grasp exclusive control of contributors' work.

SourceForge did a lot of good for the Free Software community, but it's now time to break free.

SourceForge brought to Free Software a unified and standard development methodology based on modern tools. Before SourceForge, such tools (bug tracking, cvs, web, support, forums, polls, news, etc.) were available individually, but few developers used many of them together, because they had to set up the combined facilities on their own. SourceForge made the combination conveniently available for both new and experienced developers.

Because of the convenience of SourceForge, many Free Software developers have come to take this collection of features for granted, and would be reluctant to go back to the old way of doing things. Unfortunately, this means that when SourceForge itself takes a turn for the worse, it tends to pull Free Software developers down with it."

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