Everybody's heard of Git Hub, SourceForge, and perhaps Gitorious, but the little known Savannah Free Software forge is the source code repository of choice, for those who truly value Software Freedom.
What Is Savannah?
Savannah is the GNU Project's answer to Git Hub. It is a source code repository that, like it's more well know brethren, provides software developers a space on the web, where they can develop, maintain, and distribute their software programs. It's built on top of technologies that are 100% committed to free software principles, including the GNU operating system and Savane, a web-based code repository hosting system. It boasts over 60,000 registered users and hosts more than 3,500 free software projects, including 434 official GNU projects.
Savannah offers a full complement of features designed to help developers build their programs and grow their user base, including:
- Code hosting
- Your choice of any of six popular revision control systems (Git, Subversion, Arch, Bazaar, Mercurial, & CVS)
- A dedicated web page for your project with a download area and mirrors
- Bug tracking
- A code review system
- Mailing lists
- Shell service, and
- An announcement system with an integrated RSS news feed
Why Choose Savannah?
There are several reasons to use Savannah over its competitors. Probably the biggest is, that because of Savannah's rigorous code review process -- ensuring that the software in the repo is in fact Free Software -- Savannah-based projects enjoy high levels of trust in the community. Other good reasons are that there are no advertisements, so you won't find yourself in the awkward position of having proprietary competitors being advertised on your project's page. And, finally, because of the relatively small size of the repository, Savannah is able to provide faster reponse times to support requests.
If you're building (or thinking of building) a software application and you are committed to software freedom, consider hosting your project with Savannah today. To register, simply complete this Savannah Hosting Request form.