The history of FusionForge and GForge

After the preview of the analysis of Allura, we present another analysis on a software forge. And again, one derived from the software running SourceForge, although in this case derived from the old software that was running it around 2000: FusionForge. This software project is an offspring from GForge, which was itself an offspring of the last free version of the primitive SourceForge software.

FusionForge report
Preview of the report on FusionForge

FusionForge was born in February 2009, when some of the developers of GForge decided to fork its GPL branch into a new project. GForge in turn was born in 2002, when the last free software version of the original SourceForge project (release 2.6) was merged with one of its forks, the Debian-sf project. Fortunately enough, the git repository maintained by the FusionForge team has all this history (which by the way, is described in more detail in the Wikipedia article about GForge), back to August 2001.

We at Bitergia have analyzed this git repository, along with the project mailing list archive, which starts on January 2009, with the birth of FusionForge. You can read some more details about this work-in-progress report in the rest of this post, or go straight to the preview we have prepared for you.

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Some charts about Allura

In the context of our collaboration with the Allura project, we have run some of the Metrics Grimoire tools on its repositories to produce yet another Bitergia report. Allura, currently in the Apache incubator, is the new generation forge for software development which powers the new (see the old website of the Allura project at SourceForge for more information about the project).

Allura Analysis
Analysis of the Allura project

We have performed an analysis on its git (which stores the history of the changes to the source code) and Allura issue tracking (which stores all tickets and their state changes) repositories, and on its mailman archives (which stores messages sent to the project mailing lists).

With this report, we are also testing a new layout for the summary of a project, which shows in the same web page a condensed view of the main stats for each repository (on the central column), and some detailed charts about the same data (on the right column).

You can now have a look at the preview of the complete report, or go on reading this post for some details about it.

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