SourceForge has announced the launch of Hosted Apps, a new service for developers that provides instant, virtualized access to popular open source applications. SourceForge will centrally manage the infrastructure and security of Hosted Apps, allowing developers to innovate freely without being distracted by the maintenance of their project’s infrastructure.
ReadWriteWeb has a good article on the launch.
The inaugural application lineup contains three of the most widely used applications within the SourceForge community: phpBB (forum software), MediaWiki (the wiki platform that powers Wikipedia), and LimeSurvey (an online survey tool). Because the Hosted Apps platform allows SourceForge.net to easily add support for a wide variety of third-party open source applications, more applications are scheduled for deployment over the coming months.
These hosted applications can be enabled for any new or existing SourceForge.net project through the Hosted Apps page in the project administration section.