In the vast and almost limitless Internet there are many useful websites for various people, groups or communities of various themes or purposes. Regarding the Free Software and Open Source, there are many, among which stands out Open hub.
Thousands or more of those sites, from which the Free Software and Open Source, they are usually Blogs, Forums, Social Networks, or of other types, such as those that usually function as a Software Directory. And in that category is that Open hub stands out over other similar ones, such as FossHub, among many others, and even the very official directory of the Free Software Foundation, LLAMADA Free Software Directory.
The Software Directory sites Unlike other sites, among many things, they allow a brief review or description of the indexed applications to facilitate their location, study and comparison with similar tools by those interested in the matter. In addition, these sites often provide features that facilitate the access to official documentation of the hosted Software, and even allow us download them, and / or communicate or collaborate with the creators (developers) of them.
These sites should not be confused with Software Hosting sites, which are basically web domains that support or provide a code hosting tool, to be used as version control. In such a way, to allow developers to work together on multiple projects. Of these sites, specifically for Free Software and Open Source, there are also many sites among which stands out GitHub, and which we may address in a future post.
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According to his Official website:
"Open Hub is an online community and public directory of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), offering analysis and search services to discover, evaluate, track and compare open source code and projects. When available, it also provides information on vulnerabilities and project licenses".
Among its many outstanding features and functionalities, the following 2 can be mentioned:
- It is editable by everyone, like a wiki.
- They allow joining, adding new projects and making corrections to existing project pages.
According to their own creators:
"This public review helps make Open Hub the largest, most accurate, and up-to-date directory of Free Software available. We encourage contributors to join the Open Hub and claim their commitments on existing projects and add projects that are not yet on the site. By doing so, Open Hub users can put together a complete profile of all their FOSS code contributions, i.e. their Open Source Resume".
Finally, it is worth noting that Open hub:
- It is not a software hosting site, that is, it does not host projects or code. In reality, it is simply a directory and a community, offering analysis and search tools and services.
- It works by connecting to the project's source code repositories, analyzing both the code history and ongoing updates, and attributing those updates to specific contributors.
- It provides reports on the composition and activity of the project's code bases, and aggregates this data to follow the demographic evolution of the Free Software world.
- It is owned and operated by Black Duck Software, which are also known as Synopsys.
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- Open Source Software Directory
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