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An anonymous reader writes: Dear BerliOS developers and users,

BerliOS was founded 10 years ago as one of the first repositories in Europe. It was
developed and maintained by Fraunhofer FOKUS. As an European, non-proprietary
project BerliOS pursued the goal to support the various open-source players and provide
a neutral mediator function. In 2011 over 4710 projects have been hosted on BerliOS,
with 50,000 registered users and over 2.6 million file downloads each month. We are
proud that with BerliOS we have brought the idea of an OSS repository to Europe.
Meanwhile, the concept has prevailed and there are many good alternatives.

Unfortunately, as a research institute Fraunhofer FOKUS has only few opportunities to
operate a repository like BerliOS. Such a project will only work with a follow-up financing,
or with sponsors or partners taking over the repository. In the field of OSS this is a
difficult undertaking. In a recent survey the community indicated some support in funds
and manpower which we would like to thank you for. Unfortunately, the result is not
enough to put the project on a sustainable financial basis. In addition the search for
sponsors or partners was unsuccessful.

Open Source is understood by Fraunhofer FOKUS as a paradigm for future-oriented
intelligent use of IT. It hurts us all the more that we are forced to discontinue the hosting
for BerliOS by 31.12.2011.

* As a developer, you should export your BerliOS project into another repository.
Alternatives see

* On our site you will find a guide on how to get your project data out of the portal and
migrate it in a different platform, see

Fraunhofer FOKUS has a strong commitment to open source and interoperability, and is
involved in numerous successful OSS projects. The institute focuses on the development
of quality standards for open source software and in particular on the technical, semantic
and organizational interoperability between open source software components and
between open source and closed source software. Example of our OSS activities including
our management of the German Competence Center QualiPSo.

We thank all who have used BerliOS over the years.

Fraunhofer FOKUS

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