Google 宣佈建立開放源碼自由軟體倉儲

根據 Newsforge 的新聞 Google announces hosting for open source projects,對於關心鑄造場的朋友來說應該是一個大消息。延續著 Novel、RedHat 等公司自行架設軟體倉儲,內部型塑軟體交流文化,到 motorola 與 sourceforge.net 合作 OpenSource.motorola.com,Google 也完成了開放 google 內部的軟體倉儲系統,並且提供開放源碼社群使用。

這個新聞的意義代表 Google 對於有系統的推動 open source 軟體與社群相關發展的工作,已經運作成熟。內部跨部門共享自由軟體研發成果也已經有經驗與信心到某種程度,以開放的策略進場推出產品服務。

「…DiBona says that it’s a “direct result of Greg concentrating on what open source projects need. Most bugtrackers are informed by what corporations" and large projects need, whereas Google’s offering is just about what open source developers need. 大部份的問題追蹤軟體(bugtrackers)所反應的是公司與大型專案的需求,Google 所推出的服務則是專注在開發者的需求上。

Stein says that Google’s hosting has a “brand new look" at issue tracking that may be of interest to open source projects, and says “nobody else out there is doing anything close to it." At the same time DiBona and Stein say that Google’s hosting offering will not have some features present in SourceForge.net and other code repositories that open source projects and enterprise customers might want. 待辦事項追蹤(issue tracking)的使用者介面修的美美的又好用,還是盡量不踩前輩與長輩們的線

With the new service, Stein says Google was able to “cut out a lot of heavy structure" and apply Google’s full text search to just the features that open source projects may need. “Rather than doing queries through that [heavy] structure, we can just full text search across it all. It provides a really powerful mechanism for issue tracking, but keeps it really simple."新服務會把許多沈重的結構丟掉,把 google 全文搜尋的強大功能加進來用,很強但是會讓它很簡單。

The other main feature for Google Code hosting, according to Stein, is a “massively scalable Subversion repository." Stein says Google rebuilt Subversion to store data in Big Table, a massively scalable, highly available storage technology used in Google. 另外一個主要的功能,是一個可以大幅拓展規模的 Subversion 倉儲。足以用超大表格儲存資料的高度穩定儲存技術。…」

毫無疑問的,有 google 參與自由軟體/開放源碼的軟體倉儲基礎設施,跟沒有 google 在內,原本世界的種種風貌將會有很大的不同。經濟規模(scalable)的魔力、友善介面所帶來的溝通對象的轉變,將會打開那原本精英圈內高速溝通的低度擴散限制,與更多多層次生態圈中各種角色的人們交流。無論未來會是如何,我認為那朝向 open source 消失、滲透到各個傳統領域的下個世代又靠近了一步。

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