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CNET OpenAvenue seeks to harness open-source power

Jul 08, 1999, 15:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"OpenAvenue hopes to be the middleman that connects companies in need of programming services to the vast pool of freelance talent available on the Internet. ...plans to make money by charging companies that want to 'brand' open-source efforts and by charging companies for extra services such as testing software developed by open-source programmers... StarBase, a company that sells software to let programmers collaborate over the Web, has a majority interest in OpenAvenue but plans to reduce its stake in coming months..."

"OpenAvenue loosely resembles other efforts to compensate open-source programmers such as SourceXChange or the Free Software Bazaar. These efforts, along with moves such as Apache's incorporation and Red Hat's planned initial public offering, illustrate the growing push to capitalize on the open-source movement."

"OpenAvenue will host open-source development efforts for free ... developers using OpenAvenue will be able to get paid through their work through a deal with Cosource, at which companies or people can offer a 'bounty' to programmers who accomplish a specific job."

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