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Collabnet Sheds SourceForge Name

The name "SourceForge" has been synonymous with development for years. Yet despite that association, CollabNet, the commercial vendor that owns the SourceForge Enterprise product line, is eliminating the SourceForge name from its product line-up.

Starting today, the product formerly known as SourceForge Enterprise Edition is being renamed TeamForge. The new TeamForge 5.2 release includes new collaborative features and benefits from a new partnership that CollabNet has with VMware to make it easier to build apps for virtual deployment.

The new TeamForge release comes as the need for distributed development in the cloud continues to increase and as new challenger to CollabNet's core Subversion version control system emerge in the open source community.

"Since acquiring SourceForge Enterprise, we've been adding more tools and capabilities that address the needs of distributed agile teams," Rosie Pongracz, director of product marketing at CollabNet told InternetNews.com. "That's really what this release is all about, and the name change to TeamForge is to really reinforce our commitment and capability for distributed teams across the application development lifecycle."

CollabNet acquired SourceForge Enterprise Edition (SFEE) from VA Software in 2007. SFEE is not the same code or application that is used to power the popular SourceForge.net open source code repository at this point.

SFEE is a proprietary, closed source product that is a complete and total rewrite of the open source code that powers the open source SourceForge.net code repository.

At the heart of the new TeamForge 5.2 release is enhanced Subversion (svn) capabilities. CollabNet is the lead commercial sponsor behind SVN, which it claims is used by approximately five million developers. With the TeamForge, new role-based control has been added that is intended to help distributed development teams to manage and access specific areas of code.

The are also new capabilities for cloud-based software development. Pongracz, noted the new features enable developer to more easily build and deploy applications for public clouds like Amazon EC2 as well as private cloud deployments. TeamForge 5.2 lets developer provision resources in the cloud as well as directly access resources.

Open Source Competition

Over the last two years, the git version control system originally developed by Linux creator Linus Torvalds has gained in popularity, as has the bazaar version control system in use by Ubuntu Linux.

Richard Murray, vice president of engineering at CollabNet, told InternetNews.com that he's not too worried about the new open source startups encroaching on the Enterprise space.

"Our enterprise customers, the vast majority of them, have chosen SVN for collaboration and for centralization reasons to govern, audit, trace and track," Murray said. "We don't see those customers moving to git and we don't see that as competing against our core enterprise business."

A continuing focus for CollabNet is to get existing SVN open source users to buy into CollabNet's commercial offerings.

"It's classic open source proliferation," Murray commented. "SVN is all over the enterprise and they want a way to wrap around those repositories and provide governance and reporting. TeamForge is perfect for federating repositories as repositories as well."