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05 October 2010, 17:30

Black Duck Software buys open source software directory

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Black Duck Software logo Open source specialist Black Duck Software has announced that it has acquired the Free and Open Source (FOSS) software directory site from Geeknet, formerly known as SourceForge Inc. Under the terms of the deal, which closed on the 30th of September, Black Duck now owns all of the Ohloh property and assets. The company says that it plans to combine the site with its portal to "establish a comprehensive, free resource for developers to find, create, use and manage FOSS", making it "a single premier web destination that developers can turn to as a trusted source of FOSS knowledge".

Ohloh Logo Founded in 2006, Ohloh is reportedly the largest free directory of open source software and is comprised of a large community of both software developers and users. It consists of more than 250,000 public code repositories, forums and projects. Discussing the announcement, Red Hat President of Products and Technologies Paul Cormier said that, "With this acquisition, Black Duck is directly benefiting the FOSS community, by aiding developers' ability to find and use open source," adding that, "It's a strategic acquisition that will continue Black Duck's transformation into a leading open source enabler, community member and FOSS champion."

Further information about the acquisition can be found in the official press release, on the FAQ page and on Black Duck Software's Ohloh page. Additionally, an interactive Q&A video with BlackDuck President & CEO Tim Yeaton is available on YouTube. Further details of the acquisition, including the financial terms of the deal, are being kept confidential.

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