When comparing SourceForge vs sourcehut, the Slant community recommends sourcehut for most people. In the question“What are the best alternatives to GitHub for Open Source projects?” sourcehut is ranked 7th while SourceForge is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose sourcehut is:
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Pro SourceForge offers a lot of helpful features for open source projects
Every project hosted on SourceForge can have discussion boards, and issue tracker, a tab for screenshots and something most code hosts don't have: a Shell access. Developers can also websites for their projects for free on SourceForge, as well as a Wiki for documentation.
The downside to this is that there is a lot of clutter in the beginning, and it may take a long time for beginners to check what they need and what they don't and where everything is.
Pro Easy for downloading projects
SourceForge makes it easy for users to download software hosted on it. It detects the user's platform and provides them with an appropriate version. They also have an extensive mirror network all over the world, which helps speed up downloads.
For developers, they offer download stats which are grouped by platform and by region.
Pro Email-Based Communication and Coordination
Unlike other services that make their communication services like mainstream social media, Sourcehut uses good old mailing lists to make things simpler. It capitalizes on git's "git send-email" feature. This is in adherence to Sourcehut's general design, which is to make simple, reliable products. The official website is at https://lists.sr.ht, and they have a tutorial on setting your git client up at https://git-send-email.io
Pro Includes build service
Sourcehut has an automated build service at https://builds.sr.ht that can build your code from it's repository. Because the project is in alpha, this service is currently free (they will build your projects for you for free!)
Pro "Pro" features are free since the project is still in Alpha
Because the project is in alpha, the "pro" features are free.
Con Cluttered UI
Compared to other hosts, Sourceforge's UI feels messy and cluttered. Ads take up large portions of screen real estate, and feature creep has resulted in buttons and links everywhere that can sometimes make it difficult to find what you're looking for.
Con Downloads from SourceForge come with a closed-source installer which attempts to install third-party software
One of the main points of open source software is that users are getting a trustworthy product which they can trust, SourceForge has violated this trust in the past. Every project that is downloaded from SourceForge comes with it's (closed-source) installer which attempts to install third-party software in the computer. These third-party software, more often than not are adware or malware.
Dice, the new owners of SourceForge have chosen this as a way of monetisation and they strongly encourage developers to participate in this by giving them a cut of the profits.