Collab.Net News: Collab.Net SourceExchange Completes First Project

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From: Sally Khudairi (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 12:17:45 PST


Contact: Jacki DeCoster
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New sourceXchange marketplace offers enhanced interface
for collaborative open source development -- March 10, 2000 -- Collab.Net, a leading provider
of collaborative services for emerging open source software markets, today
announced the completion of the first project, a test suite framework for
the Apache Web server, on Collab.Net' sourceXchange, the premier,
collaborative marketplace for financing and managing open source software
development over the Internet. Collab.Net has also completed a major
revision to the sourceXchange Web site to provide a new design, improved
user interface, and new functionality.

Hewlett-Packard Company sponsored the development of the test suite
framework for the Apache Web server. The project was built on top of an
existing open source testing tool and completed within six
weeks. Encouraged by the success of this initial project, HP has posted
several additional RFPs (Request for Proposals) on the sourceXchange site
that focus on building components based on its e-speak open software platform.

"HP chose to partner with Collab.Net because of the company's expertise in
the open source community and because we wanted to make a contribution to
the open source development model," said Carl D'Costa, marketing manager at
HP's E-speak Operation. "The sourceXchange process allows us to receive
high?quality proposals from open source developers and get our deliverables
in a timely, cost-effective manner. We were very pleased with the
sourceXchange process and look forward to using the site for additional
e-speak projects in the future."

The test suite framework for the Apache Web server will benefit both Apache
developers and Apache users. For Apache developers, the test framework can
be used to quickly check if a new build of the Apache server is functioning
correctly. For Apache users (Webmasters), the test framework can be used
to quickly test if a new Web site is working as expected.

"As the Apache Web server is becoming more widely adopted, a test suite is
something that is becoming a necessity for the Apache Community," said
Brian Behlendorf, Collab.Net's co-founder and CTO. "Clearly it was also a
need for HP as they start deploying Apache commercially. Funding this
project through sourceXchange helped ensure that the test suite was not an
overnight hack, but a long-term solution."

sourceXchange Uses Open Source Community Processes
sourceXchange distills the best practices learned from many years of
experience in open source software development projects. It is designed to
facilitate the same type of community input that goes into successful open
source projects. Launched in December 1999, sourceXchange has over 5,000
total registrations, with close to 1,200 active developers. The
sourceXchange marketplace allows open source developers to match their
expertise to committed buyers with well-defined, financially backed open
source projects.

Another key open source concept embedded in sourceXchange is Peer
Review. Each project has a Peer Reviewer assigned to give important
feedback and guidance through the Open Source process from other developers
experienced in a specific area. In addition the Peer Review process
provides an objective third-party to review the developed code and ensure
that it meets the project specifications.

sourceXchange is an interactive Web application that guides both the
sponsors and the developers through the process. Key features include:
on-line guidelines and templates for generating sponsor RFPs, context
sensitive help, searchable RFP listings and discussion forums, secure
access levels for the sponsor and developer teams, formal project
management with milestones and deliverables, and the ability for
international developers to participate in the sourceXchange
process. Companies that have sponsored projects on sourceXchange include:
Hewlett-Packard, Novell, Ricoh, Galactic Marketing,, and Walnut
Creek CDROM.

About Collab.Net
Collab.Net is a leader in creating new open source markets by combining
open source community expertise with business excellence. By utilizing the
essential collaborative processes of the open source community, Collab.Net
supplies customers with products and services that facilitate
well-organized, open source development. Collab.Net provides a developer
marketplace, hosting services with development lifecycle management
capabilities and professional services to facilitate collaborative, open
source software development among a worldwide community of
developers. Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation
co-founded Collab.Net in July 1999. For more information, see

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