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Top 59 Open Source Websites

Good Places to Find Things

  • February 25, 2011
  • By Cynthia Harvey
The Free/Open Source software world is huge and sprawling. Cynthia Harvey presents a semi-organized list of good sites to learn about and download open source software.
Frequently, Datamation puts together lists of top open source software. This time we've done something a little different and made a list of top open source Web sites.

Of course, literally thousands of sites and forums provide news and information about open source software. To narrow things done, we focused on sites that provide a lot of links of open source applications -- the top places to download open source software.

These sites fall into several categories. The "project hosting" category includes giants like SourceForge that provide server space for open source code and allow downloads. The "directories" category includes sites that have created lists of open source projects and update those lists regularly, but that don't actually host the code themselves.

Sites that made a list of great open source software at some point in time but that don't update those lists on an ongoing basis are in the "best of open source lists" category. In the "collections" category, you'll find projects that have rolled a large number of open source projects into a single download. Because these sites also contain links to the individual applications they contain, they provide an excellent resource for finding good open source software.

And finally, sites that didn't fall neatly into one of these categories landed in the "miscellaneous" group at the end.

As with our other open source lists, if we missed some top sites that should be on our list, feel free to note them in the comments below.

Project Hosting Sites

1. SourceForge

The "mother lode" for open source projects, SourceForge hosts nearly 280,000 projects (at last count). It serves more than 2 million downloads a day and includes apps and tools in a wide variety of categories.

2. GitHub

GitHub hosts both public and private projects that use the open source Git version control system. This "social coding" site currently hosts more than 1.7 million repositories, including many open source projects.

3. Google Code

Google offers free hosting for open source projects using the Subversion or Mercurial version control systems. It offers 2 GB of storage, integrated code review tools, a wiki, and an issue tracker. The Google Code site also provides links to Google's many publicly available APIs and other developer tools.

4. Eclipse Labs

Also hosted by Google Code, Eclipse Labs is a searchable repository of projects built on the Eclipse platform. Note that these are not official Eclipse Foundation projects.

5. BitBucket

Like GitHub, BitBucket hosts both public and private projects. On this site, open source projects and private projects with fewer than five users are free. It hosts more than 48,000 repositories, many of which are searchable on the site.

6. LaunchPad

...Read the rest of Cynthia Harvey's FOSS Website roundup at Datamation.com
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