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IT-Director: The Open Source Exchange [sourceXchange]: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Apr 25, 2000, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Innovation is one of the reasons why we believe that the Open Source movement is going to be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. The Open Source market is proving to be very innovative. One recent development that has caught our eye is the founding of a genuine "labour exchange" for open source developers where companies can post RFPs and open source developers or Open Source VARs can respond to them. The sourceXchange was set up late last year by Collab.net which itself was only founded in July of 1999."

"The motivation for creating sourceXchange was created as a response to the fact that many organisations were completely unexperienced in contracting open source developments and there was clearly a need to facilitate this if the Open Source movement was going to continue to grow. Although it has only been in operation for a handful of months, sourceXchange has already attracted about 1500 developers, has seen two projects complete and has initiated a further 15 open source projects."

"The latest innovation by Collab.net is to allow developers to come up with ideas for open source projects themselves and post them under a "Wishes Section" to see if they can get sponsorship for them. Collab.Net has promised to review the list regularly and sponsor several projects itself. Sponsors can volunteer if they see something that would be of use to them and ultimately it will be made available as Open Source after the project is completed."

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