Artifacts Matrix for Code Forges, June 2011

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Description: The table shows which artifacts are evident in projects of each data forge as of early June 2011.

Artifacts Matrix, June 2011

Forge Name BTAbugtrackerarchive (BTA): Bug tracker archives are publicy available. FOAforumarchive(FOA): forum archives are publicly available. MLAmailinglistarchive (MLA): Mailing list archives are publicly available. NWSnewsstream (NWS): Forge provides project-level news streams or rss activity feed . REVreviews (REV): Project reviews are publicly available. TDLtodolist (TDL): To-do list or task manager is publicy available. WIHwikihistory (WIH): Wiki change history pages are publicly available. WIPwikipages (WIP): Wiki pages are publicly available.
Aliothhttp://alioth.debian.org
Est: March 29, 2003
Users: 11053
Projects: 920
Powered By: FusionForge
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Assemblahttp://assembla.com
Est: 2006
Users: 300,000
Powered By: Assembla
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BerliOShttp://berlios.de
Est: January, 2000
Projects: 3,600
Powered By: FusionForge
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Bitbucket*http://bitbucket.org
Est: 2008
Users: 138,000
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Codehaus*http://
Est: February 26, 2003
Projects: 288
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Codeplex*http://codeplex.com
Est: May, 2006
Projects: 22,559
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Fedora Hostedhttp://fedorahosted.org
Est: December, 2007
Powered By: trac
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Githubhttp://github.com
Est: April 10, 2008
Users: 758,300
Projects: 2,119,817
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Gitorioushttp://gitorious.org
Est: January, 2008
Powered By: Gitorious
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Gna*http://gna.org
Est: January, 2004
Users: 15,199
Projects: 1,353
Powered By: Savane
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Google Code*http://code.google.com
Est: March 17, 2005
Projects: 208,664
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Java.Net*http://java.net
Est: 2003
Users: 604,505
Projects: 2,057
Powered By: Kenai
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Javaforge*http://javaforge.com
Est: September, 2005
Users: 23,000
Projects: 494
Powered By: Codebeamer
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Launchpad*http://launchpad.net
Est: 2004
Projects: 22,912
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Objectweb*http://forge.ow2.org
Est: 1999
Users: 19,813
Projects: 191
Powered By: Gforge
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Origohttp://www.origo.ethz.ch
Est: 2006
Projects: 6,535
Powered By: Origo
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OSOR.eu*http://forge.osor.eu
Est: September, 2008
Users: 4,696
Projects: 225
Powered By: Gforge
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Rubyforgehttp://rubyforge.org
Est: 2003
Users: 88,985
Projects: 9,206
Powered By: Gforge
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Sarovar*http://sarovar.org
Est: 2003
Users: 69,381
Projects: 514
Powered By: Gforge
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Savannahhttp://savannah.gnu.org
Est: 2000
Users: 51,709
Projects: 3,334
Powered By: Savane
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Sharesourcehttp://sharesource.org
Est: 2006
Projects: 600
Powered By: Sharesource
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Sourceforgehttp://sourceforge.net
Est: November, 1999
Users: 2,700,000
Projects: 291,600
Tigris*http://tigris.org
Est: January 1, 2000
Projects: 799
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TuxFamily*http://tuxfamily.org
Est: 1999
Powered By: VHFFS
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Forge-Specific Notes*

1. Bitbucket: Must be logged in to see wiki change history?

2. Codehaus: Calculated number of projects on CodeHaus by using the project directory to list projects alphabetically, then summing the counts (total 288). Codehaus does not have a project directory so it was somewhat difficult to survey a variety of projects. Artifacts are more prevalent than metadata.

3. Codeplex: Indicates that they have mailing lists, but archives seem to be web-only in a forum-style format, so I coded the artifact as such.

4. Gitorious: wiki history requires login.

5. Gna: French Free Software Foundation site.

6. Google Code: Does have a project search and directory, but too large to use to calculate manually the number of hosted projects.

7. Java.Net: Merged with Project Kenai.

8. JavaForge: Projects can choose which items to make available. Here I have coded "yes" for any features that I saw in a consistent location on a subset of project pages, but these widgets (for example tracker details) are located on different screens for different projects.

9. Launchpad: Launchpad lists 'blueprints as documentation' as an artifact.

10. Objectweb: Has a middleware focus. Wiki is available on a centralized OW2 wiki server. Edits and history are for logged-in users only. News and news archive is available but no RSS for that.

11. Origo: does not have a directory, so I used the "recent projects" featured on home page to check out what projects were hosted there. Origo has a bugtracker but the history would have to be gleaned by searching for and then combining 'open' and 'closed' I think.

12. OSOR.eu: Forge includes federated sites hosted elsewhere, but I did not include these in my project counts.

13. Sarovar: Sarovar is based in India.

14. Tigris: Calculated number of projects from project directory (by categories). There may be duplicates if projects are listed in more than one category.

15. Tuxfamily: Mailing list archives are disabled for everyone by default but administrators can make them open if they wish. I coded this as 'no'. Offers PostgreSQL in addition to MySQL but was the only forge to do so, so I did not create a separate tag for this.

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