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CNET News.com: CollabNet adds Web site designers with buy [of Alphanumerica]

Aug 21, 2000, 15:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source programmer site CollabNet today announced it is acquiring New York-based Web design company Alphanumerica. The expected acquisition will provide San Francisco-based CollabNet with employees to create sophisticated Web sites that will host programming contributions of programmers worldwide."

"CollabNet hosts sites where larger companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Oracle can try to foster the growth of open-source programmer communities. ... The movement, in some cases, has driven teams of excited volunteer programmers hoping to make their mark on the world, but corporate efforts to foster these communities isn't always successful. CollabNet builds Web sites to foster such communities and also offers consulting services to companies hoping to tap into the open-source movement."

"Alphanumerica's connections with the open-source movement included sponsorship of early meetings of Mozilla, Netscape's effort to turn its Web browser into an open-source project. Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen is a board member, and Dell, Hewlett-Packard, TurboLinux, Novell, Sun and others are investors."

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