When did SourceForge become so nice?

Many years ago, I tried being a developer on SourceForge. It was thoroughly unpleasant, and I couldn’t figure out how to do it.  Last night, I tried again, and oh, my goodness, was it nice:

  • An extremely friendly web interface for admins
  • Multiple repositories at the drop of a hat for one project
  • SSH was a breeze
  • OpenID support
  • A very simple bug tracking system

Mercurial’s ability to push from one repo to another hosted somewhere else made life a little easier, too, and the convert extension meant I could bring over the old https://verbosio.mozdev.org CVS-based checkins pretty easily.

Considering the number of times I’ve had to restart, and the fact I’m still going it alone, this is almost perfect. I chose Google Code for DimensionalMap at the time because I was in a hurry. I chose Mozdev for Verbosio because it seemed like a good idea at the time. SourceForge beats both of them for me, for all of the above reasons.

I am a happy developer. https://sourceforge.net/projects/verbosio/

3 thoughts on “When did SourceForge become so nice?”

  1. I think things like github happened and suddenly sourceforge has had to step up their game. Apparently they threw away my old account some time ago too though so I can’t get in to experience the magic 🙁

  2. @Archaeopteryx
    Really glad to read that you have been enjoying your experience on SourceForge. Remember that we are an open source project so if you run in to any bugs or would like to see some features don’t hesitate to visit our project pages to search for a ticket to +1 or create a new one.

    We are also active on Freenode IRC in #sourceforge (tech support) and #allura (dev) channel. @Dave Townsend if you are having issues logging in, please stop by #sourceforge 🙂

    Wayne Witzel III
    SourceForge Engineering team.

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