Google is adding Open Source project hosting to its menu of services, said Greg Stein, a Google engineer and chairman of the Apache Software Foundation. Stein was scheduled to announce the launch in a talk Thursday at O’Reilly Media’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. The new service, to be located at, competes with VA Software Corporation’s Unlike SourceForge, which carries both text and banner ads on project web pages, Google’s service will be ad-free. [Source: Network World]

You know, if Microsoft announced something like this, people would be up in arms. Is Google headed in that direction? I note that it’s playing nice with SourceForge, ensuring that any registered project names there won’t be used on Google Code. Will that be enough to appease developers? Hard to say.

[tags]google,open source,sourceforge,network world,[/tags]