Endangered Downloads

I’ve posted an article in a few places commenting briefly on the implications of Github, Google and others (but notably not SourceForge) deciding not to offer downloads as a service to open source projects. My instinct tells me this is a warning sign; I’d be interested in your views.

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  1. It costs them a lot of money and is cumbersome to maintain and patrol for abuse. That simple.

    People often think that distribution is a simple task in open source. It’s not. I’m running a mid-size FTP mirror for Debian among other project, and we’re doing a lot of work just around that. As soon as your project grows beyond the playground level it’s no longer sufficient to just put it on a web server somewhere.

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