Sourceforge is doing its best to use this opportunity to rise from its ashes:
SourceForge welcomes Google Code open source developers, to distribute downloads from our open source platform.
By distributing your releases at SourceForge you’ll get a complete download analytics, and the opportunity to tap into a large open source community. We already serve other ecosystems by offering their hosted projects our download facilities, including Githubbers.
SourceForge has a download API (actually rsync/ssh). Unfortunately, it has direct download links... you can construct links like this but SourceForge always manages to slip its ad-ridden page through.
Meanwhile, it seems that Google wants people to use Google Drive instead.
Unfortunately, Google Drive has several drawbacks:
- URLs like
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-SI__O0UX9ob2JLRmNkeE41UEU do not inspire trust. It could be anyone uploading any kind of virus.
- Many companies block Google Drive, because it is often used (like Dropbox and USB sticks) to circumvent company IT policies and ECM rules.
- It is not a direct link. HTTP GET was too standard I guess? Download stats will drop a bit, some users will not understand, and scripts will have to be rewritten (if integration is even possible).