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PRNewswire: Sybase to Open Source Watcom C/C++ and Fortran Compilers

Aug 22, 2000, 23:09 (5 Talkback[s])

"Sybase, Inc. today announced that it plans to release the source code for the Sybase Watcom C/C++ and Watcom Fortran compilers under an Open Source license agreement. This move is designed to allow existing customers to continue to evolve the Watcom compiler products for their own use."

"We've had tremendous interest from our customers in Open Source versions of our Watcom compiler products," said Rob Veitch, director of Business Development, Sybase, Inc. "Sybase feels that leveraging the tremendous talent pool in the Open Source community is the best way to enable customers to continue to support and evolve these products into the future."

"Sybase has selected SciTech Software, Inc. as the official maintainer of the Watcom compiler source code, which is planned to be released under the "Open Watcom" moniker. SciTech was selected due to its heavy use of Watcom products, its extensive cross platform experience and its record of Open Source involvement; SciTech released its commercial SciTech MGL graphics library to the Open Source community in 1997. Among its duties as official maintainer, SciTech will manage the Open Watcom web site (http://www.openwatcom.org), which will host the project source code, bug tracking database, developer discussion groups, and official binaries for free download. SciTech will also be heavily involved in the continued development of Open Watcom products."

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