Originally Published: Wednesday, 12 April 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: Headline News/Community Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

SourceForge News and Updates

SourceForge has a few new features, including trove categorization and a support manager.


SourceForge is proud to pioneer a new level in software categorization and searching. There are many things to come, but in the initial implementation, SourceForge projects will have the opportunity to categorize themselves in a variety of ways, increasing viewability to end users and developers looking for your software.

Many extremely talented people have been working on a better software archiving system for almost two years, in a project called 'Trove'. You can read some about the initial design specifications and goals for Trove at http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/trove/. This category implementation is one step in reaching many of these goals. Thanks to all the people who spent time on this project and provided us with a reference software tree.

Now, for the important part.

** It is necessary for you to now additionally categorize your project using the Trove category set. ** You can change your Trove categorization by visiting your project and clicking on the "Project Admin" link on the left hand menu. From there, select "Edit Trove Categorization".

A new Trove software map is now in development which allows enhanced browsing using the new Trove metadata. You can view the working version of this map at http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php


SourceForge has rolled out another tool to aid in communication with your users over technical support issues. The support manager allows users to submit support requests for assignment, tracking, and resolution by your project staff. Now you can support end users and developers at the same site.

The Support Manager lets you set up generic responses to common support questions - close FAQ's in seconds so you can spend more time on the tougher issues. SourceForge is using the support manager for its own support requests, available at http://sourceforge.net/support/?group_id=1.


Many thanks to Wallace Lee for his code contributions over the past month. His enhancements include countless tweaks to the bug tracker, patch manager, snippet library, and other tools throughout the site.

Our mission is to seek out new patches and new contributions from those who are bold enough to go where no PHP coders have gone before.


In our pursuit to highlight the most active projects on SourceForge, we have created an activity meter which measures various aspects of site use. Top projects can now be viewed on the main page, and the new Trove software map will be displaying this metric to aid in the search for active projects.

As of this email, congratulations to our current most active projects: SourceForge (makes sense, doesn't it?), Crystal Space, CoreLinux++, QuakeForge, GNU/Linux Audio Mechanics, Unreal Tournament OS Project, The Freenet Project, phpShop, Tik OS Instant Messanger Client, and Squid HTTP Proxy.