May 14, 1999
O'Reilly and HP Pioneer Initiative to Create Software-Development Model of the Future
Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly & Associates and Hewlett-Packard Company today
a Web-based service that has the potential to significantly impact the way
in which software is developed by expediting collaboration between
corporations and developers on corporate-sponsored open-source development
SourceXchange, an affiliate of O'Reilly & Associates, was founded in
conjunction with HP, the founding sponsor. The two companies plan to launch
the service in early summer with an array of open-source development
projects from HP that expand its commitment to open-source technologies.
Pending a successful beta launch in July, sourceXchange will accept projects
from other enterprise sponsors.
"HP came to us with a challenge," said Brian Behlendorf, chief technology
officer for O'Reilly & Associates. "They wanted to further the development
of specific open-source software projects, but they needed a better way to
reach out to the wider developer community and coordinate the development
process. HP makes for an ideal partner to launch the service, as they
have made a very strong commitment to various open-source projects,
including Linux, and their core business objectives are quite compatible
with this new model for software development."
under the direction of Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache project, a
leading open source initiative, and core developer of the market-leading
Apache Web server.
"HP wanted to make a lasting and visionary contribution to the open-source
movement while demonstrating our faith in the open-source developer and
development model," said Wayne Caccamo, manager of HP's Open Source Solutions
Operation. "We partnered with Brian Behlendorf and O'Reilly to ensure that
sourceXchange would become a reality."
"The sourceXchange is an essential step in the evolution of open source,"
said Tim O'Reilly, chief executive officer of O'Reilly & Associates.
past year, everyone from computer vendors to large end users have realized
the immense power of the open-source software-development model. But it's
often hard for companies to hook up with the right people in the open-source
community. sourceXchange will change that. This new service brings the
corporate world and the open-source community together on the Web, and
gives them the tools to manage development projects online."
More than just a job-posting or recruiting Web site, sourceXchange is
the industry's first vehicle to manage the open-source development
process that protects the interests of both corporate sponsors and
The sourceXchange is a Web site that maintains a
database of all
published project RFPs posted by corporate sponsors, registers
open-source developers and their teams, manages RFP responses from the
developer community, and manages payment. It also will incorporate
peer review and project milestones to ensure quality and reliability of
each development project.
For project sponsors, sourceXchange can extend software-development
resources and budgets with a simple, compelling outsourcing option that
can improve time to market and open-source software-development
predictability. Working with an intermediary also shields sponsors
from the complexities of the conventional contracting engagement
For open-source developers, sourceXchange provides access to a database
of challenging and enriching projects and a community of potential
collaborators. Moreover, developers are compensated for their work in
cash or in kind. The code developed will be contributed back to the
open-source community to help accelerate the open-source movement.
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