Comparison of Free/Open Source Project Hosting (FOSPHost) Sites Available for Hosting Projects Externally from Project Owners

The data on this site was not updated since early 2004 and many new sites appeared since. Make sure you check the Wikipedia entry 'Comparison of free software hosting facilities' for updated info.

Disclaimer: All the data from this table was obtained from Freely/Openly/Publicly available sources (e.g. browsing the sites, reading the source code). None of the data was received by the author on a confidential basis.
Project Tools - Tools for Public/Developers
  Asynchrony  BerliOS  freepository  GBorg  GForge 2  icculus.org  Savannah   SEUL  SourceForge  SunSITE.dk 
Standardized Format for General Information   Yes  Yes  No General Information  Yes  Yes  No  Yes  No  Yes  No 
Free Format HTML Project Pages  Yes  Yes  No  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Project Role Assignment  Yes  Yes  Four member types based on permissions to CVS: Admin, Basic, Read-Only, Disabled  Yes  Yes  No (See 'Policies')  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1 
Project News   Yes  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1 
Download Service   HTTP  File Release, FTP  HTTPS  FTP  File Release  HTTP  FTP  HTTP, FTP  File Release  FTP, rysnc 
Document Management   DIY 1  DocManager  No  FAQ, genpage (Free format HTML only pages management)  DocManager  DIY 1  FAQ  DIY 1  DocManager  DIY 1 
Statistics   Number of beta download, number of versions produced  Project activity, net traffic, comparative stat.  Unknown  No  Project activity, net traffic, comparative stat.  Unknown  Unknown  Comparative statistics via Webalizer at http://stats.seul.org/ (Apache and CVS log available for admin)  Project activity, net traffic, comparative stat.  net traffic only 
Source Code Repository (More... CVS Server  Subversion, CVS Server and ViewCVS  CVS Server, CVSWeb, Eclipse plugin and Web-based CVS management tool (login, add/update/delete directories/files, member management)  CVS Server and ViewCVS  CVS Server and CVS Web Interface (ViewCVS, Ronald Petty's php CVS and Dracos Moinescu's php OO CVS)  CVS Server and ViewCVS  CVS Server and ViewCVS  CVS Server with ViewCVS and CVSweb  CVS Server and ViewCVS  CVS Server and ViewCVS 
Mailing List (More... Yes  Mailman  No  Mailman  Mailman  Ezmlm-idx  Mailman  Majordomo + MHonArc  Mailman  Ezmlm, Mail Filtering 
Tracker (More... Project Change Request / Task  Bug / Support / Patch / Task  No  Bug / Feature / Task  Tracker made by Gforge, theme can be defined by user  Bugzilla  Bug / Support / Patch / Task  Jitterbug and DIY 1  Bug / Support / Patch / Feature / Task / Task Dependency  DIY 1 
IRC   via a Java client interface on site  No  No  No  No  #icculus.org on irc.freenode.net  No  IRC server at irc.seul.org  No  Server provided SunSITE.dk:6667 and irc.ircnet.dk:6667 
Forum   Yes  Yes  No  No  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1 
Wiki   Unknown  Yes  No  No  DIY 1  DIY 1  No  DIY 1  DIY 1  DIY 1 
Survey  Ratings on pre-defined attributes of a project  Yes  No  No  Yes  DIY 1  Unknown  DIY 1  DIY 1  DIY 1 
Other Tools     Screenshots    Patch Management / Errata  Task Manager & Gantt Chart          Usenet 
Project Tools - Tools for Project Administrators
  Asynchrony  BerliOS  freepository  GBorg  GForge 2  icculus.org  Savannah   SEUL  SourceForge  SunSITE.dk 
Management for 'Tools for Public/Developers'  Yes  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1 
Ask for Help (Recruitment)   Yes  Yes  No  Invite others to join by enabling the 'join now' function at the project page or advertises it in public areas  Yes  Invite others to join by advertising at the project page or in public areas  Yes  Invite others to join by advertising at the project page or in public areas  Yes  DIY 1 
Activity History   Unknown  Yes  No  No  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1  Yes  DIY 1 
Web Server-Side Scripts   Unknown  PHP3  No  No  Depends on the availability of individual sites  PHP  No  SSI, PHP3 and 4, CGI, Embperl  PHP3 and 4  SSI, PHP, JSP, other CGI on approval 
Database  Unknown  MySQL  No  No  Yes  MySQL on request  No  MySQL and PostgreSQL  MySQL  MySQL 
Shell   Unknown  Yes  No  No  Yes  Available to team leaders  only some people had it  Available to selected developers  Yes  Available to selected developers 
Compile Farm   No  No  No  No  Depends on the availability of individual sites  No  No  No  Yes  No 
Export  Unknown  CVS Nightly tarball, Forums, Bugs Tracker, Support Tracker and Patches Tracker  Members can auto-tar up their projects and download them on the fly. These tarballs may be source code only, or the whole CVS repository (,v files)  CVS export on request to the administrator  CVS Nightly tarball, Project Summary, Project News, Forums, Bugs Tracker  Unknown  CVS Nightly tarball, Forums  Unknown  CVS Nightly tarball, Trackers, Project Summary, Project News, Document Manager  On request to administrator 
Virtual Hosting  host name at projectname .asynchrony-projects .com  Yes  No  No  Yes  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  host name at projectname .sunsite .dk with email 
Uploading  FTP  SCP  CVS via SSL  HTTP Form, FTP to an incoming directory and move file(s) via web management  HTTPS Form  SCP  CVS via SSH  SCP, SFTP and rsync  SCP, SFTP, FTP to an incoming directory and move file(s) via web management (SSL)  FTP and rsync 
Security (More... SSH, SSL  SSH (1 & 2), SSL on web  100% SSL    Depends on the policy of individual sites  SSH, SSL  SSH1, SSL on web  SSH (1 & 2)  SSH (1 & 2), SSL on web   
Backup   Unknown policy  Unknown policy  Unknown policy  No explicit policy  Depends on the policy of individual sites  Backup daily with one week archive  Unknown policy  No formal policy, users would do backup themselves  Explicit backup policy (5 types of data, daily)  Daily 

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Items to Compare
Asynchrony
BerliOS
freepository
GBorg
GForge
icculus.org
Savannah
SEUL
SourceForge
SunSITE.dk
   Feature Groups
General Information
Project Tools - Tools for Public/Developers
Project Tools - Tools for Project Administrators
Personal Tools for Developers
Community Tools
Others
Note:
  1. DIY stands for 'Doing It Yourself'. A number of hosts allow users to run CGI scripts and access databases. Therefore, some services (e.g Wiki) that are not immediately available can be setup by the users themselves.
  2. www.gforge.org actually only hosts one project - GForge itself (so please do not go there and ask for hosting). Nevertheless, a good number of FOSPHost sites are employing GForge at the moment (see List of GForge sites). Therefore, by comparing 'GForge' with other sites, the comparison can roughly cover the sites that employ GForge (Each individual site has the choice of enabling/providing each of the service/functionality listed above, but it should be safe to assume most of the service/functionality enabled/provided will be similar.) The number of members and projects on www.gforge.org are thus irrelevant as they carry a different meaning comparing to other sites.
Criteria for candidate selection:
  1. Available to host new projects (so WebFrame is not included).
  2. I can only read English and Chinese so site such as TuxFamily.org cannot be evaluated. Sorry.
Technically, GForge violate rule no. 1, as it is not available for new projects. Nonetheless, as explained above, 'GForge' actually represents the sites that employ GForge (see List of GForge sites) and a number of these sites do accept new projects. Therefore, it is included in this comparison.
A number of possible candidates (e.g. ibiblio and Tigris.org) did not respond to the invitations to be compared on this table and thus they are not included. The next possible candidate may be Novell Forge, but it will take some time.

Credits: The data on this site was not updated since early 2004 and many new sites appeared since. Make sure you check the Wikipedia entry 'Comparison of free software hosting facilities' for updated info.

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