As expected, Google announced a new service for open-source developers July 27. The service, called Project Hosting, allows developers to upload their own open-source projects and search for others.
Greg Stein, an engineering manager at Google and chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, disclosed the service at OSCON (the O'Reilly Open Source Community Convention).
Stein told reporters from NewsForge that Project Hosting is not meant to compete with SourceForge.net, the popular online community code repository.
Stein said the Google Project Hosting relies very much on Google's powerful text searching abilities, and cuts away much of the "heavy structure" of hosting sites, which developers don't need.
When uploading a project, Project Hosting allows you to provide a summary and labels and choose a license. You can also manage bugs and tasks and manage your code with the Subversion version control system.
Project Hosting also allows you to assign project members and communicate via Google Groups.