"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."