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SourceForge Updates Closed Source

SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.3 (SFEE) is now available boasting several new features that expand the collaborative software development platform.

SFEE should not, however, be confused with SourceForge.net. Though both are owned by VA Software , SourceForge.net stands alone as the world's largest repository of open source software development, and SFEE is a closed source proprietary application.

SFEE 4.3 is the second major update to the platform since the 4.1 release, which, as with all members of the 4.x branch, is proprietary and based on J2EE architecture and includes a service oriented architecture with an open API and SDK .

Among the enhancements in SFEE 4.3 is an integrated wiki application that will enable users to manage and capture project documentation. Tracker workflow and Tracker e-mail integration are also part of the new release, as is the ability to create site-wide linked applications.

VA Software spokesperson Krishnan Natarajan explained that customers have asked for a single integrated development framework.

"They prefer to avoid using disparate tools, which have overhead costs of management and administration," Natarajan said, adding that end users aren't concerned that SFEE is not open source.

"The new wiki and workflow applications are closely integrated to the SFEE framework, providing enhanced collaborative development capabilities without additional management overhead."

Furthermore, Natarajan doesn't necessarily consider alternative open source management applications competition to SFEE, but rather as complements.

The last open source version of SFEE actually spawned Gforge, one of its competitors. It's still available as an open source license application.

Natarajan said VA Software is aware of Gforge, but it has not become a competitive factor for its enterprise customers.

SFEE 4.3 is available as both an enterprise installable application, as well as an on-demand hosted solution from VA Software.