Don’t look now, but SourceForge has got 7-letter competition. Besides just funding open source development, Google is now in the business of providing hosting for it.
To sign up for the service, a project needs to be licensed under one of seven approved licenses: Apache license, ArtisticLicense, GNU General Public License (GPL), Lesser General PublicLicense (LGPL), Mozilla License, BSD license, or MIT license.
Interestingly, data portability out of the service is an uncertainty at this point:
One of the most discussed topics at OSCON this year hasbeen open data — the ability for users to get their data out of aprogram or service and use it elsewhere. Stein says that Googleunderstands the importance of being able to move data. “We don’t havethose [migration features] in there now, but that’s something we intendto [have] … we intend to do it soon after launch.”
There is an alternative that fellow DevHouser Jeff Lindsay is working on, however, called DevJaVu — simply Trac and SVN hosting for a variety of projects and iniatives (currently in private beta). If PBWiki is any indication of the kind of stuff that comes out of this crew, DevJaVu seems like a perfect tool for the independent’s toolkit that won’t have your data stuck in the creeping grips of King Google.