Sourceforge violates Open Source Ethics (1 Viewer)

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Read this today:

As of January 2008, people from those countries (Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan) can browse SourceForge projects and download from them , but access to the secure server was not allowed, so they would not be able to log in to SourceForge or contribute to projects. As of January 2010, blocking went further with not allowing people coming from “banned locations” to download anything from SourceForge.net, having a response similar to this one: http://sourceforge.net/t7.php.

Post Clinton’s Internet Freedom Speech:US- SourceForge Blocked Syria, Sudan, Iran, N. Korea & Cuba: Is Open Source Still Open?
And it's frankly an outrage. I'm quoting from the definition of open source:
Well the license as of now is in conflict with the host.

And here's sourceforge's explanation
 

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Looks like SourceForge realized it wasn't such a good idea after all.

Our action provoked a strong, angry reaction from those it affected and from the community at large. But even before we heard your cries of outrage, we were looking for reasonable alternatives – and we believe that we’ve found one.

Beginning now, every project admin can click on Develop -> Project Admin -> Project Settings to find a new section called Export Control. By default, we’ve ticked the more restrictive setting. If you conclude that your project is *not* subject to export regulations, or any other related prohibitions, you may now tick the other check mark and click Update. After that, all users will be able to download your project files as they did before last month’s change.

SourceForge.net: Some good news: SourceForge removes blanket blocking
 

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    IMO sourceforge has really gone down the pan the last few years. The project pages seem really slow to browse and downloads are slow.

    Most people seem to be using alternatives these days
     

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