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BerliOS forge will be closed on 31.12.2011

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I’have just read that the BerliOS software forge will be closed the last day of the current year, eleven years ago it was launched. I would like to offer the entire message in my blog to preserve the last decision of a project that have bosted the development of libre software in Europe.

Now, it’s time to start thinking about the best way to move the data from the BerliOS repository to other repository. The team besides the project ForgePlucker started to work on this subject some time ago. It could be interesting for BerliOS users.

Here you are, the message posted by the BerliOS team:


BerliOS will be closed on 31.12.2011

Dear BerliOS developers and users,

BerliOS was founded 10 years ago as one of the first repositories in Europe. It was developed and maintained by Fraunhofer FOKUS. As an European, non-proprietary project BerliOS pursued the goal to support the various Open Source players and provide a neutral mediator function. In 2011 over 4800 projects have been hosted on BerliOS, with 50,000 registered users and over 2.6 million file downloads each month. We are proud that with BerliOS we have brought the idea of an OSS repository to Europe. Meanwhile, the concept has prevailed and there are many good alternatives.

Unfortunately, as a research institute Fraunhofer FOKUS has only few opportunities to operate a repository like BerliOS. Such a project will only work with a follow-up financing, or with sponsors or partners taking over the repository. In the field of OSS this is a difficult undertaking. In a recent survey the community indicated some support in funds and manpower which we would like to thank you for. Unfortunately, the result is not enough to put the project on a sustainable financial basis. In addition the search for sponsors or partners was not successful.

Open Source is understood by Fraunhofer FOKUS as a paradigm for future-oriented intelligent use of IT. It hurts us all the more that we are forced to discontinue the hosting for BerliOS by 31.12.2011.

- As a developer, you should export your BerliOS project into another repository. For alternatives see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open_source_software_hosting_facilities.

- On our site you will find a guide on how to get your project data out of the portal and migrate it in a different platform, see http://developer.berlios.de/docman/display_doc.php?docid=2056&group_id=2.

Fraunhofer FOKUS has a strong commitment to Open Source and interoperability, and is involved in numerous successful OSS projects. The institute focuses on the development of quality standards for Open Source software and in particular on the technical, semantic and organizational interoperability between OSS components and between open source and closed source software. Example of our OSS activities including our management of the German Competence Center QualiPSo.

We thank all who have used BerliOS over the years.

Fraunhofer FOKUS
http://www.fokus.fraunhofer.de

UPDATE: BerliOS continues – non-profit association is founded

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Written by sanacl

October 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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Back from the Open Forges Summit 2010

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Last Friday some workmates from LibreSoft and I were in the Open Forges Summit, we couldn’t be there more than a couple of hours because we returned the same day but it was really interesting hearing a discussion about the problem of the data lock-in among people from sourceforge, codeplex, fusionforge, berlios and other places.
Some of the problems that came up in the discussion are summed up by Eric S. Raymond in this recommended blog entry “Three Systemic Problems with Open-Source Hosting Sites“, IMHO these should be the target for the next years in FLOSS forges, but at the end forges are an agregation of useful tools and some of them are now toooo big for being flexible. Maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to stop and re-think the workflow to give them a social approach and get its data distributed (and even standardized)

Written by sanacl

October 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm