SourceForge now mirroring external projects
The SourceForge site, which offers project hosting for free and open source software, has announced that it is extending the scope of software that its users will be able to access. The new SourceForge Open Source Mirror Directory provides a directory that mirrors projects that are not hosted on SourceForge. "Millions of people use SourceForge every day to search for Open Source software, and we want to give them the best experience possible" said the company, "even if the best answer to their search is a project hosted elsewhere".
The company said that it is starting slowly: at the time of writing, 96 projects are listed in the directory which is indexed alongside the projects Sourceforge hosts. Projects mirrored on Sourceforge have their own project pages and can be identified by the postfix ".mirror" on the project's name in the URL; for example, the Eclipse IDE is listed as sourceforge.net/projects/eclipse.mirror. The project's page contains a description, a list of features and screenshots, and download links. There is also a link to the relevant project's web site, the source code of the project, and an area for user reviews. The announcement also points out that unlike some download sites, SourceForge will not include any unwanted extras, such as browser toolbars and installation wrappers.
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