SourceForge's Marketplace enables registered open-source projects to offer paid services and support through the site. It will compete against Red Hat Exchange and Novell's Market Start service programs.
According to Mike Rudolph, vice president for SourceForge and SourceForge.net Marketplace, the SourceForge.net Marketplace is a long-term strategic imperative for his company.
"Ultimately, our role is to ensure success for the open source community," Rudolph said. "We've done this previously by providing a development, hosting and distribution environment. The Marketplace is a logical extension that now allows the community to generate income; either to build a business or just to augment existing income from their full-time work."
With more than 1,00,000 projects and a million-plus registered users, SourceForge.net is the world's largest Web site for open-source development and distribution. Also, the company has been witnessing good revenue growth for the last two years.
Listings will be free, but SourceForge will take a commission on the sales. Payments can be made through PayPal, check, or credit cards.