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By Neil Chue Hong, Director of the Software Sustainability Institute.

Google announced today that their open source project hosting site, Google Code, is to close. The site has disabled the creation of new projects, will turn read-only on 24 August 2015, and will close on 25 January 2016. In the announcement.

Google's Director of Open Source Chris DiBona cited the move of projects away from Google Code to other services such as GitHub and BitBucket - indeed Google itself has moved thousands of its projects to GitHub.

The first thing to stress is: don't panic.…

By Mike Jackson.

By Neil Chue Hong.

Once it has left the confines of your own machine, there are four things that are needed for the successful development of your software: a website, a mailing list, an issue tracker and a code repository.

Although most of the infrastructure needed by your project can be set up on your own systems, there are many tools and services that can help you to develop, maintain and publish your software. This guide provides an overview of the different options for repositories, and looks at some of the decisions you will need to make before choosing a repository.…

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