"While Linux, Apache and Perl are now widely accepted as viable
technology for enterprise systems, the Open Source movement has, in
the main, been restricted to infrastructure technology. The reason
for this is straightforward - there is much more commonality of
functional requirement at the infrastructure level than there is at
the application level. With the exception of certain standalone
freeware it is simply not possible to bring together a critical
mass of developers to jointly produce business application
components. Until now."
"There are a number of building blocks that need to be in place
in order to make open source development of application components
viable. Some, such as version control, change management, source
repositories and build/test facilities have been available for some
time. Others, such as the ASP infrastructure with Web access, have
only recently matured. Now OpenAvenue has brought all the pieces
together to provide a hosting environment for collaborative
development of open source application components."
"OpenAvenue is an ASP. It provides Web access to a hosted
environment consisting of an infrastructure and management
framework plus hosted content from private individuals and
corporate entities. The content is licensed under open source,
community or private license arrangement to its
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