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Open Source Developer's Hosting Dilemma

sourceforge.net, Google Code or DIY - the choice between the three option is a significant one. Each offers certain advantages and disadvantages. To get analytical about this, the below categorization should help:







sf.netGoogle CodeDIY
Content Revenuenone
none
Adsense and other options
Infrastructure Maintenancenone
none
High, including concerns of security and redundancy
Ease of Useaverage
high
Depends on choice of open source tools, feature road-map, community
Marketing exposurevery high
high
low
Basically it comes down to a trade off between accepting the overheads (effort, cost and risk) of maintaining own infrastructure and owning your content and users.


If the content is generating sufficient revenue, or shows a growth/maturity pattern that at some point not too far away in future shows it will generate sufficient revenue, to justify maintaining own infrastructure, I guess it makes sense to DIY.

Comments

James Newton said…
sf.net does have a means to accept donations for code authors...
Ashant said…
Thanks for noting that. I guess I was specifically meaning "content revenue", such as Adsense.

But point take, in this aspect sf.net does better than Google Code.

Ashant