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10.06.10

Black Duck (Created by Microsoft Veteran) Adds More Microsoft Veterans by Buying Ohloh

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Patents at 2:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Black Duck buys Ohloh and we analyse the meaning of it

JUST OVER a year ago SourceForge made the mistake of hiring Microsoft alumni by buying Ohloh. The Ohloh acquisition didn't work so well for Free software, for obvious reasons.

Another notable company which has some Microsoft roots and focuses on proprietary software development (for tracking free/open source development) is Black Duck (background reading may be required).

“The Ohloh acquisition didn’t work so well for Free software, for obvious reasons.”One trend we have been noticing in recent years is that Microsoft alumni are getting authority in Microsoft’s opposition including Free software, occasionally counting all sorts of things in ways that are beneficial to Microsoft (we gave examples before, ranging from C# boosting to promotion of Microsoft’s software licences and insistence that Microsoft is an open source player rather than adversary).

Black Duck is finally picking some Microsoft alumni from Ohloh away from SourceForge (renamed and restructured for separation) and here is the official announcement:

Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced that it has acquired Ohloh.net from Geeknet, Inc (NASDAQ: GKNT.) The transaction closed on September 30, 2010.

Ohloh, founded in 2006, is the largest free public directory of open source software, and also hosts a vibrant web community of software developers and Free and Open Source (FOSS) users. Ohloh’s directory contains information aggregated from over 250,000 public code repositories, projects and forums. Black Duck, which has acquired all assets of the Ohloh property, will maintain and enhance the Ohloh website, brand, and project information for the Ohloh community, and will ultimately combine Ohloh and Koders.com to establish a comprehensive, free resource for developers to find, create, use and manage FOSS.

The announcement is not open to feedback, so comments in LWN (if any) will go here.

There is also news coverage, such as this:

Open source software company Black Duck Software (which is backed by close to $40 million in funding from Red Hat, Intel Capital and others) has acquired Ohloh, a free public directory of open source software and people. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Ohloh, sold by its previous owner and operator Geeknet (formerly known as SourceForge), will be integrated with Black Ducks’ free code search site Koders.com in an effort to further promote the adoption of open source software around the world.

For those who do not know, Black Duck has not a good relationship with the SFLC as they patented Bradley’s job, which led to polite confrontation last year. “A #Disturbing Combo” called Bradley the above development “#BlackDuck buys Ohloh [...] was already proprietary, now can only get worse. Use @openhatchery instead!”

Here is a post from last week where Black Duck tried to associate itself with the Linux Foundation. All in all, Techrights views this news as two Microsoft sympathisers (they facilitate Microsoft influence inside “open source”) becoming one entity. Whether that’s good or bad is open to debate. At least they are under a single umbrella now.

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2 Comments

  1. NotZed said,

    October 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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    That’s a swan, not a duck …

    Never heard of ohloh, or koders.com.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I’m constrained by what’s royalty free (photos I use).

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