"Collabnet is a company that wants to push the availability
of Linux applications and open-source software development further.
Co-founded last July by Brian Belhendorf, a co-creator of the
open-source Apache Web server, the San Francisco start-up sells
services and application-development platforms to software vendors
that want to use the open source model of collaborative
code-writing in the development of their products."
"Collabnet's main service is its SourceCast development
platform. The platform provides application vendors with tools such
as code version tracking, discussion forums and automatic
code-change notifications in a Web-based interface."
"Collabnet's most high-profile customer to date has been Sun,
which used Collabnet to help make its StarOffice suite of office
applications available to the open-source community. Sun used the
SourceCast service to help launch http://www.openoffice.org, where
developers can download the source code for the Linux-friendly
StarOffice suite, and find resources for fine-tuning and
customizing the code. Sun is also using SourceCast to put up
http://www.netbeans.org, which is a similar resource site for an
open-source version of Sun's Java Beans software."