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Linux Magazine: Open Source: The Next Generation

Sep 23, 2000, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

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"...on January 25, 1999 -- Brian Behlendorf began working for his publisher, Tim O'Reilly. His mission: to develop new open source business models. "I couldn't afford to just work on Apache for the rest of my life," recalls Behlendorf, "I wanted to do something like this commercially...I realized that it's beyond a Web server, beyond Linux. It's about the development process; it's about the mores and protocols and ethics...in this kind of community."

"Although he didn't know it at the time, Behlendorf was developing a new business model based on open source, while simultaneously developing a set of tools that have the potential to change the software industry. In the 18 months since his move to O'Reilly, a number of companies, including Behlendorf's start-up, Collab.Net, have begun building businesses based on providing services and marketplaces that will enable a new kind of animal: the professional open source developer."

"While Behlendorf was developing the business model that would eventually become Collab.Net, Hewlett Packard's Open Source Solutions Manager Wayne Caccamo approached him looking for a way to better work with the open source development community. Behlendorf took HP up on the idea and the result was SourceXchange, Collab.net's first attempt at creating an online marketplace for open source projects."

"At its core, SourceXchange is about connecting individual developers with one-off projects -- it is the place where you might get a specialized Apache module developed to help your company's e-commerce site. It's not where you would develop the next Linux OS. In February of this year, Collab.Net unveiled its next project, the Tigris hosting platform, and the first company to use it, Hewlett-Packard, which hired Collab.Net to create a community around its E-Speak voice recognition software. With Tigris, Collab.Net has glued together a number of common open source development tools using Java servlets, but the real value of Tigris, according to Behlendorf, is the hosting and consulting services that Collab.Net brings to the table."

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