Google launches open source project hosting

Google Code Hosting creation screen

Google has just launched project hosting inside of its Google Code effort. The Google Code Project Hosting center allows any developer to create and host a new project powered by Google management and hosting tools.

The new service features a reworked backend for Subversion built on top of Google’s Big Table file system. The robustness of Google’s backend will power the code repository.

The site features a new issue-tracking system utilizing AJAX techniques for quick and responsive feedback for its users. The issue-tracking interface is similar to Gmail’s table layout, and allows customization through open tag fields.

Developers on the site are required to have a Google Mail account but there is no approval process for new projects. Subversion repositories are limited to 100 MB in size.