BerliOS will be closed on 31.12.2011

Dear BerliOS developers and users,

BerliOS was founded 10 years ago as one of the first
repositories in Europe. It was developed and maintained by
Fraunhofer FOKUS. As an European, non-proprietary project
BerliOS pursued the goal to support the various open-source
players and provide a neutral mediator function. In 2011 over
4710 projects have been hosted on BerliOS, with 50,000
registered users and over 2.6 million file downloads each month.
We are proud that with BerliOS we have brought the idea of an
OSS repository to Europe. Meanwhile, the concept has prevailed
and there are many good alternatives.

Unfortunately, as a research institute Fraunhofer FOKUS has
only few opportunities to operate a repository like BerliOS. Such
a project will only work with a follow-up financing, or with
sponsors or partners taking over the repository. In the field of
OSS this is a difficult undertaking. In a recent survey the
community indicated some support in funds and manpower
which we would like to thank you for. Unfortunately, the result is
not enough to put the project on a sustainable financial basis.
In addition the search for sponsors or partners was
unsuccessful.

Open Source is understood by Fraunhofer FOKUS as a paradigm
for future-oriented intelligent use of IT. It hurts us all the more
that we are forced to discontinue the hosting for BerliOS by
31.12.2011.

* As a developer, you should export your BerliOS project into
another repository. Alternatives see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open_source_software_hosting_facilities.

* On our site you will find a guide on how to get your project
data out of the portal and migrate it in a different platform, see
http://developer.berlios.de/docman/display_doc.php?docid=2056&group_id=2.

Fraunhofer FOKUS has a strong commitment to open source and
interoperability, and is involved in numerous successful OSS
projects. The institute focuses on the development of quality
standards for open source software and in particular on the
technical, semantic and organizational interoperability between
open source software components and between open source
and closed source software. Example of our OSS activities
including our management of the German Competence Center
QualiPSo.

We thank all who have used BerliOS over the years.

Fraunhofer FOKUS
http://www.fokus.fraunhofer.de

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