CNET News.com: VA Linux seeks profits on programmer site
Dec 06, 2000, 00:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
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"VA Linux Systems originally developed SourceForge, a Web site
for open-source programmers, as a way to save money. Now it has
become a way to make money."
"VA started SourceForge to make it affordable to house
open-source projects--collective programming projects such as the
Linux operating system, in which the underlying programming
instructions are shared freely."
"Now VA will install and run miniature SourceForge sites for
companies that want to use the system for their own collaborative
programming efforts. Agilent Technologies, a large spinoff of
Hewlett-Packard, is the first subscriber to the service, called
SourceForge Onsite, said VA vice president of strategic planning
"It's absolutely a strategy to grow our customer base into the
Fortune 500," Hall said. VA is interested in this demanding but
lucrative customer segment and believes their need for
collaborative programming tools will be VA's foot in the door."