Nowadays people only know github, some people know gitlab, some people know bitbucket (mercurial) but other than that people seem to have forgotten there were others as well. I know about freshmeat and few others but still feel the knowledge about early source-code repositories is woefully incomplete. I looked at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Open-source_software_hosting_facilities and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open-source_software_hosting_facilities but didn't get any info. about the early attempts. Even search-engines like google, yahoo and others failed or perhaps my google fu is not so good anymore. So my question is :-
Does anybody know with dates (partial info can be got by using whois) the early public source repositories, their background and why they didn't work out. Looking for people who worked on FOSS since the early 80's or thereabouts.This was the time when RMS started GNU.org so looking for free software repositories (primarily all sort of Unixes software with copyleft licenses.)
Update:- While I have used that as the answer but the truth is probably further past in the history. In the comments somebody has shared existence of ftp repositories which were far before the existence of sourceforge.net .