Collab.Net News: Collab.Net Unveils Open Source Performance

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Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:48:30 PDT

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Project Sponsored By, World's Largest Paper Greeting Card Store

San Francisco - April 5, 2000 -- Collab.Net, a leading provider of
collaborative services for emerging open source software markets, today
announced the availability of a new, open source HTTP performance
monitoring tool. Sponsored by, the world's largest paper
greeting card store, and developed through the sourceXchange marketplace,
the new software will allow systems administrators to monitor their IT
infrastructure and maximize Web server performance.

Collab.Net's sourceXchange is the premier, collaborative environment for
open source software development over the Internet. sourceXchange allows
open source developers to match their expertise to committed buyers with
well-defined, financially backed open source projects.

The sponsored project resulted in a set of Java API's and
utility programs that can be used to develop applications to record,
monitor and playback the stream of HTTP requests received by a Web
site. The tool provides systems administrators with the ability to
repeatedly observe the behavior of Web applications in response to those
requests. Based on the information received, an IT manager can make
modifications to the Web servers to achieve optimum performance.

"Collab.Net connected us to the open source development community through
sourceXchange," said Jason Monberg, CTO of "The process
provided us with high-quality proposals from open source developers. We
are very pleased with the results of our project, and intend to use the
monitoring tool to debug our applications and improve performance as client
loads dictate."

"We were happy to facilitate the development and release of the
sponsored project through our sourceXchange marketplace," said Brian
Behlendorf, Collab.Net's co-founder and CTO. "By participating in the
sourceXchange process, not only did get the application they
needed, but open source developers world-wide can also benefit from using
and modifying the new tool."

sourceXchange Uses Open Source Community Processes

sourceXchange utilizes the same type of community input that goes into all
open source code. Since its launch in December 1999, sourceXchange has had
over 5,600 total registrations, with over 1,300 active developers.

One of the key open source processes embedded in sourceXchange is Peer
Review. Peer Review allows a developer to get important feedback and
reinforcement 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 ensure the developed code meets the
project specifications and milestones.

sourceXchange contains a completely interactive and graphical tool that
guides both the sponsors and the developers through the sourceXchange
process, including: on-line guidelines and templates for generating sponsor
RFPs, context sensitive help on every page of the sourceXchange site,
categorization of developer RFP responses, security access levels for the
sponsor and developer teams, enhanced communication features to coordinate
the sponsor and the developer communities, and the ability for
international developers to participate in the sourceXchange process.

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. Customers using Collab.Net open source services include ASP
and Internet firms, hardware and software providers, as well as companies
from industries such as marketing and publishing. Brian Behlendorf,
co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founded Collab.Net in July
1999. For more information, see

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