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Type of site
|Launched||September 17, 2008|
|Current status||active; will be closed by September 2017|
Project Kenai is a collaborative hosting site for free and open source projects, launched by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The service will be moved over to the Java.net domain for public use as part of Oracle's restructuring of Sun. As of September 2015 the following message appears on the homepage: "As of 9/25/15 Kenai.com site will be closing in 18-24 months."
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Kenai.com's services include version controlled source code repositories (Mercurial, Subversion, Git), team wikis, a download area to host documents, an integrated team member IM chat, issue tracking (JIRA, Bugzilla), forums, mailing lists, and webhooks for selected events.
The Kenai portal supports tagging, an advanced site search that enables finding people and project types via a tag cloud and other properties, and a project search that enables developers to find projects. There is also context-sensitive help available on every page.
Similar to a social network, Kenai encourages members to create a profile page that shows personal tags and lists all projects they follow and participate in. This makes it easy to get in contact and work with other developers who have similar interests. Members use their profiles also to browse their forum and mailing histories.
With the release of NetBeans IDE 6.7, it is possible to maintain Kenai projects directly from inside an IDE.
Developers can use the NetBeans IDE to check out source code and commit changes, to navigate between Kenai projects and local sources, and to submit bug reports and patches directly to the integrated issue tracker. The IDE also displays which project members are currently online.
As part of Oracle's restructuring of Sun the Project Kenai service will be migrated. The Java.net domain will be migrated to the Kenai infrastructure and all Kenai projects will then be moved to the Java.net domain. The exact date for this migration has yet to be announced.