Forge Policy Matrix, June 2011

Part of a series on Everything you ever wanted to know about software forges (code forges (June 2011)
Description: The table shows which forge policies are held by each data forge as of early June 2011.

Forge Policy Tag Cloud, June 2011
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Forge Policy Matrix, June 2011

Forge Name ADFadfree(ADF): Forge appears to be ad-free. ANOanonftp(ANO): Forge allows use of anonoymous ftp by projects. APIapi(API): Forge provides public, remote API into project data. APRapproval(APR): Forge requires approval for hosting. DIRdirectory(DIR): Forge offers a method for listing all projects. DOAdoap(DOA): Forge makes DOAP descriptions of each project. FNCflossnocharge (FNC): Forge is free, or no charge for FLOSS projects. FLOflossonly (FLO): Forge only accepts FLOSS projects. GRAgravatar(GRA): Forge allows use of gravatar for user profiles. OIDopenid (OID): Forge offers logins through OpenID. PAYpayoption (PAY): Forge has a paid or commercial option. SHEshell (SHE): Forge offers shell access to project team.
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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BerliOS*http://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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Launchpadhttp://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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Origo*http://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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Rubyforge*http://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
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Tigris*http://tigris.org
Est: January 1, 2000
Projects: 799
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TuxFamilyhttp://tuxfamily.org
Est: 1999
Powered By: VHFFS
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Forge-Specific Notes*

1. BerliOS: projects do have to be approved according to the FAQ "Getting started with BerliOS"

2. Bitbucket: Limit of 5 users for the free (cost) FLOSS hosting option.

3. Codehaus: Calculated number of projects on CodeHaus by using the project directory to list projects alphabetically, then summing the counts (total 288). Did not code as "floss only" since so many FLOSS licenses are excluded, but the site is free (in cost) if you use one of the licenses they call "business friendly". Codehaus does not have a project directory so it was somewhat difficult to survey a variety of projects.

4. Codeplex: runs its own ads (Microsoft) on internal project pages. I coded their 'liveid' as 'openid' just for brevity's sake since they were the only forge that did 'liveid'.

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. JavaNet: Merged with Project Kenai. No explicit statement that the site is free (in cost), but I assumed it was since there was no evidence of payment or plans either.

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. Objectweb: Has a middleware focus. Approval is required to add a project.

10. Origo: does not have a directory, so I used the "recent projects" featured on home page to check out what projects were hosted there.

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

12. Rubyforge: is running gforge so the projects to have to be 'approved'. Not sure if there are additional hurdles.

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. Tigris is largely ad-free, but does show a small number of ads from CollabNet, its parent company.

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