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BW: New Sponsors Jump Into Collab.Net's sourceXchange

Dec 07, 1999, 21:50 (0 Talkback[s])

"Collab.Net announced today that Novell, Ricoh, Galactic Marketing, Sparks.com, and Walnut Creek CDROM have placed Request for Proposals (RFPs) into sourceXchange, a marketplace for tapping into the open source community's talent and expertise. These diverse projects--including Java API development, an application to simplify XML coding, the development of telephony open source standard APIs, the extension of the Apache LDAP module to interface with enterprise level network directory services, and a graphical tool for developing work flow systems--exemplify the corporate world's increasing use of open source software development."

"The submission of the RFPs by these companies validates the whole model behind what we're building here with sourceXchange," said Brian Behlendorf, Collab.Net's co-founder and CTO. "I think the 3200 developers we've signed up over the last few months will find these projects quite interesting, both from a technology standpoint and a financial standpoint. They also really demonstrate the breadth of the impact that open source can have on the wider software industry, and how sourceXchange can be used to accomplish business-critical software development. This is just the start."

"Bill Portelli, Collab.Net's President and CEO noted, "Collab.Net is helping each of these companies to use open source development processes to address their internal requirements and the needs of their customers, in a way that is just not possible using proprietary software. Using open source development, these corporations have increased flexibility to make their organizations more efficient, are providing higher levels of service to their customers, are empowering their customers to be more self sufficient, and are creating new market opportunities for anyone connected with open source."

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