SourceForge - the right choice?

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Mihail121 102 Oct 25, 2004 at 18:25

Hello, fellow programmers!

I’m working on a SDL port for Free Pascal - my new language of choice, with which i’ll be writing my tutorials from now on.

Anyway, details on the project are not that interesting. It should be said only that it’s rather small (not more than 15 files of source). There is also small documentation describing what parts of the port differ from the original. There will be perhaps a couple of demos and links to games, which use it.

The question is - is it a good idea to store the project at SourceForge.net ? Since i’m unable to pay for own domain (Bulgaria you know - no credit cards…) it seems like the best idea to me. But of course i want to hear your opinion too!

So, what do you think?

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NomadRock 101 Oct 25, 2004 at 18:37

As long as you are making it opensource, SF is an excellent place to put it. All your code is in CVS, and there are many other features that make working with it very nice.

I used it for a bit, but had to stop because I currently have a job with my university, and that means they technically own the copywrite to code I write while here, so I cant legally opensource it. This is a sticky situation, and I am sure there is a way out, I just need to talk to more people and get some permissions.

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hanzac 101 Oct 26, 2004 at 22:48

Yeah, that’s a good place, very convenient. There are Bugs tracker, CVS, forum, release and download, mail list, and you also can upload your own website’s files!

Even more, they are developing

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fyhuang 101 Nov 19, 2004 at 17:47

SourceForge.net is good if you’re open-source. Sure, you could admin a CVS repository yourself and all that, but there are many, many developers at sf.net which you can take advantage of - posting help wanted ads can get even the smallest project many good members.

Good luck and hope it helps!

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SpreeTree 101 Nov 20, 2004 at 15:38

I dont want to be the only downsider here but…

I have hosted a few sites on SourceForge (the current count is 2 projects), and I have had a few problems with it.

The CVS repository has caused me and the team a few issues (commiting work, only to see that the cvs tree is not updated for over an hour, leading to waits in the dev time), the CVS tree becoming corrupted and having to be wiped clean a few times (though kudos to the guys behind SourceForge, the handled all my help requests very quickly), and a few minor niggles with the web hosting (pages not getting updated on the main site when I have uploaded them).

On the whole though, SourceForge is a well run, and efficient hosting site, well worth looking into. Another site worth looking at is BerliOS, which is very similar to SourceForge. Its originally a German site, and their translation is sometimes a bit off, but it seems ok. I have recently moved my main project here, but have not had enough time to see the improvments over SourceForge.

Hope you get sorted
Spree