Ohai SourceForge!

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm starting a new contract job working for Geeknet, and in particular, SourceForge. I will be their new OSS Outreach Coordinator, which means I get to spend my time helping open source projects be more awesome. I will work closely with new and existing projects to figure out what help they need and how SourceForge can help fill those needs. There are a lot of cool things going on at SF right now, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it! Also, I get to work with Jeff Bates (hemos from Slashdot) and his team of awesomeness, which seriously does not suck.

In case you haven't seen the latest SF news, they've redone the entire site from the ground up, and added more tools to make lives easier for devs and end users. We're breaking apart the bundle of SF services, so that projects can use whatever they need (and of course, everything is still completely free). For instance, OS projects can use just the download service to take advantage of SF's global mirror network, even if they want to keep development on someplace like github. SF is serving up about 3 million downloads a day, and their mirrors serve on average 2.25 gpbs. Also, Adobe is now hosting their open source development community on the new & improved SF, which is very cool. (Btw, if you have feedback on the new forge, we'd love to hear it.)

I'm really glad to be involved in helping SourceForge help open source, because that's really what it's all about-- making open source better.

17 Responses to Ohai SourceForge!

  1. 52325 Rich 2010-07-15 15:18:53

    Holy cow. What a dream job. Congratulations.

  2. 52326 Rob... 2010-07-15 15:22:17

    Congratulations Liz!

    I'm going to have to check out Sourceforge again!



  3. 52328 Keith Casey 2010-07-15 15:24:02

    That is awesome, congrats! I've been hoping some new blood would help reboot SourceForge back to being useful and a leader. Between the rebuild - read about it yesterday - and your involvement, I have confidence that cool things will happen.

    Have I told you about web2project... ;)

  4. 52329 Nate Abele 2010-07-15 15:27:39

    Hey dude, congratulations, and +1 for better-than-GitHub uptime.

  5. 52332 Paul 2010-07-15 15:35:12

    Congrats Elizabeth, sounds like a great opportunity!

    One thing that's always driven me nuts about SF as a user, is the way that downloads work.

    I setup a lot of remote linux boxes and often need download links of SF hosted projects to install on said boxes via wget/curl.

    Upon clicking the SF download link you've 3 short seconds to copy the direct-link to clipboard and close the page before it starts downloading to your current machine.

    Perhaps it's an edge use-case but it's always really p*ssed me off!

    Maybe that's something you can get improved a bit ;)

    Either way, best of luck with the contract :-)

  6. 52333 Travis Swicegood 2010-07-15 15:37:39

    Congrats! Now if you just had voting on comments so I could +1 Nate's comment. :-)

  7. 52335 Sara Golemon 2010-07-15 15:43:00

    Dude, worlds collide. You know my wife, Angela is their corp IT director, right?

  8. 52337 Bill 2010-07-15 15:56:40

    Man, Chris (@defunkt) is gonna be pissed! Screw 'im. He had his crack at you, figuratively speaking of course...

  9. 52341 Daniel Hinojosa 2010-07-15 16:29:39


    If you go to the "Files" page of a project, say, http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/files/ and mouse over the file you want, nab that URL. That's what you want for wget / curl.

    Daniel Hinojosa, Sr. Manager - SourceForge.net Support

  10. 52344 Stefan 2010-07-15 16:40:12

    Wow, congratz! You will bring the cool back to SourceForge! :)

  11. 52357 Chris Shiflett 2010-07-15 18:37:00

    Congrats! SF are lucky to have you.

  12. 52359 Kiall 2010-07-15 18:41:47

    Lets hope SF goes from being an irrelevant, pain in the ass to navigate site to a real contender.

    In its current state, I literally avoid projects hosted by it - its simply easier to find something else.

    Good luck! You have a fair bit of work ahead of you.. to say the least!

  13. 52360 Kiall 2010-07-15 18:45:28

    Oh and give people a way to delete projects. I ended up setting up a second gmail account to transfer projects to, just so I could stop getting emails triggered by spam bots.

  14. 52362 Paul 2010-07-15 18:55:42

    @Daniel: Fantastic, thank you!

    @Elizabeth: SF is more awesome already, look forward to hearing of your exploits :)

  15. 52371 Becky 2010-07-15 20:03:37

    CONGRATS!! :-) It's really amazing to see someone who loves what they do and gets others enthused as well. You're contagious!

  16. 52373 Ligaya Turmelle 2010-07-15 20:09:56

    *squeee* - I am so happy for you! Congratulations!

  17. 52380 Jason 2010-07-15 21:06:15

    Congrats Elizabeth! Sounds like your life is full of awesome sauce right now :)

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