(PR) SourceForge Community Reaches 4 Billionth Download
Participants in world’s largest open-source community download an average of 1.8 million unique software applications and tools each day
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SourceForge (Nasdaq: LNUX), the global online network for community-driven tech media and e-commerce, today announced that the SourgeForge.net Web site has served its 4 billionth download. SourceForge is the largest collection of open source tools and applications on the Net.
Since the establishment of the SourceForge community in 1999, as much as 35,500 terabytes of data have been transferred among its members – a volume of data equivalent to reading the entire contents of the Library of Congress every day for nearly a year.
The 4 billionth download, PortableApps.com, was obtained on June 8th. Created by John T. Haller in 2004, PortableApps.com is an open, portable software platform that lets users carry their favorite software on a USB flash drive or other device. As the 4 billionth download, PortableApps.com receives a trip to the OSCON conference in San Jose, July 21-25, and to SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards ceremony on July 23.
"Many of our users, developers and translators became a part of our project through the SourceForge community, and we’ve worked with dozens of other open source projects on SourceForge in the process," said Haller. "We’re currently on the verge of our 100 millionth portable app download and that would not have been possible without SourceForge’s continued support."
SourceForge began nearly a decade ago as an innovative resource to aid developer access to open source software and has evolved into today’s increasingly popular multi-platform code sharing network for the world’s most passionate and experienced information technology professionals and enthusiasts.
"With a run rate of approximately 1.8 million downloads a day, our community is driving remarkable and meaningful results," said Jon Sobel, SourceForge’s group president of Media. "Our technology enthusiast users are not simply ‘clicking through’; SourceForge users are deeply engaged and interested in the entire experience. Not only are they downloading software, applications and tools, they are also regularly giving back by adding more content or providing feedback."
With more than 2.3 million registered users and 230,000 open source projects, SourceForge.net supports ongoing organic growth with its community-driven platform offerings for developers, including Hosted Apps, a service that provides instant, virtualized access to popular open source applications.
Statistics on the most popular downloads, topics and more are available at http://sourceforge.net/.
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