Project hosting using free software

Werner Koch wk at
Mon Oct 30 10:33:38 UTC 2006

On Sat, 28 Oct 2006 01:42, Ben Finney said:

> Can you give some references to read more on these unfortunate
> connections that Berlios has?

I would need to research that myself again.  Out of of the top of my

If you look at the Berlios website you notice the a logo at the right
top.  It gets you to the FOKUS site.  FOKUS used to be a project of
the GMD (Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung - a highly
renowned German IT research institute).  It has been taken over by the
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in 2000.  At about the same time (or due to
this) Berlios was founded to get new funds for the outrunning funding
of the FOKUS project.  Mr. Schilling has been working for the FOKUS
project for a long time and along with Mr. Henckel he convinced the
Ministry of Economics to fund a developer portal like Sourceforge.
Actually a very good idea and something we have proposed in the EU
Report on Libre Software as an immediate way to support the
development of Free Software.  However the way they implemented it was
not very convincing to the community (IIRC, they suggested not to use
the GPL and such).  Later when the governmental funding ran out,
Berlios was forced to sustain themself and as a result it now seems to
be a kind business portal on how to get in touch with "open source".



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