Google's Open Source Surprise

Lora Bentley

In case you missed it last week, Google had the whole open source world abuzz with an announcement about a new open source service that it would be launching at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, but no one would confirm what it was.

 

Now we know. At the risk of overstating the obvious, Google Code Project Hosting is an open source project hosting site similar to SourceForge.net or Tigris.org. The beta launch is currently home to four projects, all Google-based, but those involved hope non-Google projects will follow.

 

At first we were a bit suspicious of the search giant's claim that the new service is in no way intended to compete with SourceForge.net, which by some estimates hosts more than 150,000 open source projects, but as we continue to follow the story, we're coming around.

 

A Sci-Tech Today article says Google and SourceForge, which is run by VA software, are working on a common project names database to avoid duplication, and SourceForge reps say the Google service only validates the open source movement. The same story indicates that Microsoft is Project Hosting's true target, but that's another post for another day.



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