I've started a couple of small free open source software projects and am working on the technical infrastructure that supports communication, project planning, source code hosting, etc for these projects.

After looking around I've found some software which would be useful for supporting the projects, for example Mattermost and GNU Mailman, but i havn't found a good way to use them in practice.

I'm a developer (not a system administrator) and would like to spend my time on programming, rather than on setting up these systems on my own webserver.

I could use proprietary software (like google groups and slack) but would rather use free open source software.

My question is: Is there any organization that provides hosting for the technical infrastructure for supporting open source projects, and where the software that they host is itself open source?

I'm looking for a place where a whole package of technical infrastructure could be hosted, including communication, project planning, source code hosting, bug tracking, etc.

I am ready to pay a small amount (max 5 euro/month) if necessary and if multiple projects are supported

Grateful for help and with kind regards, Tord

  • @Mureinik a question on hosting infrastructure for open source projects does not seem off-topic to me. Dec 23, 2016 at 15:59
  • @sunyata: I assume you mean where the tools used to provide hosting is itself free and open source software, right? Dec 23, 2016 at 16:00
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    @PhilippeOmbredanne: Yes, so for example they would host software like GNU Mailman (which is FOSS) rather than a closed source alternative, as well as other pieces of FOSS software that can be used for the technical infrastructure of a free software project. (At another level, the software which i am working on myself will be FOSS as well, but i guess it would be possible that the organization could provide hosting for closed source software, but still use FOSS software themselves on their server/servers)
    – sunyata
    Dec 23, 2016 at 17:43
  • @sunyata Thanks. I will come with as a good a list as I have... Dec 23, 2016 at 20:46
  • @PhilippeOmbredanne: I've now updated the title of the question to make it more clear, thank you for bringing this up
    – sunyata
    Dec 23, 2016 at 22:14

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Sure, there are a bunch. Some are better than others for certain things, and some omit features that you may or may not need, so there's no one direct answer. But here are a few useful things to look into:

There are a variety of software forges, and some services that will host them for you, too. Sourceforge is probably the most well-known, but there's also GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Savannah, and a few others.

Librelist and Google Groups provide free mailing list hosting.

Freenode has been the IRC network of choice for open-source software for a long time. Gitter is a more modern alternative.

Bintray is a nice service for hosting binary downloads.

  • The question is asking for open source services. Not Google Groups and GitHub!
    – Zimm i48
    Dec 15, 2016 at 9:17

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