Collab.Net News: Collab.Net Builds E-speak Open Source Hosting Site for HP

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From: Sally Khudairi (
Date: Tue Jan 25 2000 - 09:01:33 PST


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Sally Khudairi

For immediate release --
Collab.Net Builds E-speak Open Source Hosting Site for HP
Engagement transfers e-speak code and Open Source expertise to industry and
the Open Source community -- 25 January 2000 -- Collab.Net announced today that
it has entered into an agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company to build,
host and maintain the Open Source software development infrastructure and
Web site ( for e-speak technology. E-speak, an HP-developed
software that is now available as Open Source software, dramatically
simplifies the creation, composition, deployment, management, and
maintenance of e-services over the Internet.

Collab.Net is providing Web-based development life-cycle management
services including code versioning, bug tracking, and email discussion
forums that are key to a well-run Open Source software community. HP
contributed the content, including the e-speak source code, to be augmented
with contributions from the broader e-speak user and developer community.
Collab.Net is also providing development and hosting services for the Web site, and will play a role in helping HP and the rest
of the e-speak user base to grow as an Open Source development community.
HP has also developed an e-speak commercial developer site
( focused on the training, development, and support
needs of developers using e-speak to create and deploy e-services.

The e-speak services platform hosted on the e-speak site consists of a
universal services interface (a set of APIs) and a run-time deployment
engine (e-speak engine). The core e-speak software was released under a
combination of the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the GNU LGPL
(Lesser General Public License) on December 8, 1999. These licenses have a
long history with the Open Source community, and are effective tools for
reaching broad acceptance and achieving successful integration with other
Open Source platforms and applications.

"HP believes the Open Source community is the ideal environment for
creating a truly open standard," said Arindam Banerji, e-speak development
manager for HP's E-speak Operation. "But, it takes more than simply
releasing code as Open Source software for download to achieve the
far-reaching benefits of Open Source software and open development. Rather,
careful steps must be taken to host, nurture and grow a community around
the software that will carry the technology forward and establish it as a
de facto standard. Through our work with Collab.Net, we will be able to
bring an effective combination of tools, services and Open Source
development processes into the e-speak community."

As a part of this effort, Collab.Net is providing a hosting platform
consisting of several major, well-known packages of Open Source software
combined into a cohesive offering:

- Code Version System (CVS) repositories
- Bug tracking using the BugZilla software from the Mozilla Project
- Mailing lists, archived and searchable
- Source code browsing tools
- An administrative interface for "admins" from the e-speak community

In addition, Collab.Net will provide an initial, proposed set of bylaws for
the e-speak community.

The e-speak Open Source site also contains news items, community and
licensing information, on-line demos and tutorials. The site seamlessly
integrates with Collab.Net's hosting services, as well as Collab.Net's
sourceXchange marketplace (, an Internet based
marketplace matching Open Source project sponsors with Open Source
developers. Brian Behlendorf, Collab.Net's CTO stated, "Collab.Net and HP
have built an Open Source portal and community development site
specifically for developers interested in using, developing with, and
contributing to e-speak. The best way new Internet technologies can be
introduced and gain traction is if they are collaboratively built from day
one, with an essential element being the freedom for developers to use and
improve those technologies."

As the founding member of the e-speak Open Source community, HP funded the
site and hosting capabilities, and provided a wealth of e-speak and
e-services content. HP is actively recruiting participation by industry
partners and Open Source developers to assume joint ownership of the
e-speak services platform and development environment. Collab.Net will
continue to collaborate with HP and the community to develop and refine the
by-laws, and help build the community that will, over time, develop and
maintain the e-speak services platform.


Collab.Net is distilling the essential processes of the open source
community and providing tools and services that facilitate predictable,
well-organized, high value open source development. The company's first
service, sourceXchange, is a marketplace where open source developers match
their expertise to committed buyers with well defined, financially backed
open source projects. Collab.Net also provides an infrastructure of hosting
services and productivity tools to facilitate collaborative software
development among a worldwide community of developers. In addition,
Collab.Net provides an extensive array of consulting services that help
guide companies into open source markets. Collab.Net was founded by Brian
Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, and O'Reilly &
Associates in July 1999. For more information, see


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