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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 John Hall."

"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."

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