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17 November 2010, 12:43

Google Code to stop checking SourceForge names

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Google Code Logo Google open source and public sector programs manager Chris DiBona has announced that, from the 22nd of November, names for new projects created on the company's Project Hosting service will no longer be checked against SourceForge to see if the project name is already in use. Up until now, new projects created on the Google Code project hosting site were automatically checked against SourceForge to see if the name already existed and, if it was already in use, the Google Code developers would email that project's administrator to see if the name could be used again.

In post on the Open Source at Google blog, DiBona says that "Most of the time, the person creating the project on Google Project Hosting was the same person on SourceForge, looking to reserve the name on both". Additionally, the project on SourceForge was often inactive or had never actually been active, causing the developers to manually approve the new name on Google Project Hosting. Over the last few years, DiBona notes that this has "almost always" been the case, adding that the name check will be shut down "in the spirit of efficiency".

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