August 10, 1999
sourceXchange Open Source Marketplace Launches
SEBASTOPOL, CA--sourceXchange, the Open Source development marketplace,
went live today (http://www.sourceXchange.com). The more than 1500
developers who have already registered with sourceXchange got their
first look at seven RFPs from founding sponsor Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Additional RFPs are slated to be posted within weeks, as the site ramps
up during its Beta launch. sourceXchange is a project of Collab.net,
an O'Reilly affiliate company that provides services and infrastructure
for the development of Open Source software.
Created by Brian Behlendorf, Collab.net President and CTO and
co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, and O'Reilly &
Associates, sourceXchange provides a dynamic forum where sponsors who
need Open Source programming talent can contract with qualified
developers for specific development projects. Developers can also
submit proposals to the sourceXchange Wish List, soliciting the talents
of their peers in Open Source community for projects that contribute to
the common good. Over 85 suggestions have been submitted to the Wish
List in the past two weeks.
"The response to sourceXchange by Open Source developers has been
terrific, and as we bring on more projects, I expect that interest to
grow even further," said Behlendorf. "Now is the time to show that
this new model can work--that sponsors can accomplish their objectives
through the deployment and further development of Open Source
solutions, and that we've got an infrastructure that supports that."
Several of HP's proposals center around the company's new e-speak
initiative. HP is seeking developers for Open Source projects that
provide enhancements to e-speak, OpenMail and other technologies.
"The response by HP product divisions to the sourceXchange beta program
--including the Open Software Operation which is responsible for HP's
strategic e-speak technology--demonstrates that HP views sourceXchange
as an option for mission-critical software development projects," said
Wayne Caccamo, manager of HP's Open Source Solutions Operation.
Companies interested in sponsoring development projects can email
for more information. Developers may
register, at no cost, at www.sourceXchange.com.
sourceXchange is a dynamic marketplace for the funding of Open Source
software projects. The site provides services and infrastructure for
the development of Open Source software in a manner that benefits
developers, sponsors, and users of the resulting software. Created by
Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, and
O'Reilly & Associates, sourceXchange is a project of Collab.net, an
O'Reilly affiliate. See http://www.sourceXchange.com for more
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