SourceForge acquires Ohloh to target ads at open source coders VentureBeat
SourceForge , the public company whose properties include code repository SourceForge.net and tech news site Slashdot , announced today that it's acquiring Ohloh , a community and database for open source programmers.
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Since: Jan 09
#1 Jun 14, 2009
[UPDATE] 451 [Open Source] Group's take on this acquisition
SourceForge scoops up Ohloh
Jay Lyman, May 29, 2009 @ 2:24 am ET
SourceForge, the venerable open source repository and vendor, just got a shot in the arm by agreeing to acquire the newer, more social networking-minded Ohloh for an undisclosed amount.
We’ll be reporting more on the deal as we learn more about it, but it clearly makes sense. Actually, we saw SourceForge and Ohloh coming together already, albeit from different ends of the open source repository and community spectrum and also more competitively in our reports covering both companies. SourceForge holds the most well known and largest collection of open source software, yet it has lacked some of the newer features — both for open source developers and for enterprise and other users — such as cross-project communication and data on projects and activity. Ohloh, on the other hand, was founded more recently in 2004 and, among a new breed of open source developer and code communities, was still building up the size and sources of its directory. Ohloh has nevertheless managed to build up a community of open source software developers, encouraged cross-project communication and collaboration and perhaps most importantly in terms of commercial open source software, has provided the useful data on open source projects, contributions, developers and activity that enterprise users and vendors have been craving...I believe the far greater opportunity lies in taking the Ohloh approach and making money by connecting developers and users and providing insight on open source software. This would give SourceForge a good chance of finally seizing this opportunity and also perhaps serve to bridge the history and success of open source software with its future and potential.
Source: 29 May 2009 451 CAOS Theory http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2009/...
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