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Re: collab.net support

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2002-12-16 18:29:28 CET

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

>Robert W Anderson <rwa@alumni.princeton.edu> writes:
>
>
>
>>I am interested in understanding why collab.net is supporting the
>>development of subversion. The FAQ only addresses who "owns" the
>>code. What I'd like to understand is: What is the vested interest in
>>subversion of collab.net?
>>
>>
>
>CollabNet was the initial starter/funder of the project, and still
>is. It's paid the salaries of three full-time coders for 2.5 years to
>design and write Subversion. It's "vested interest" is that it wants
>a CVS replacement... because it sells SourceCast, and it wants
>SourceCast to be a better product.
>
>

and to answer the obvious question here:

 "why does CollabNet devote these engineering resources to a free
project as opposed to doing the same thing as an in-house closed-source
effort?"

my understanding is that CollabNet recognizes that version control is a
complex problem, and they know that a well run open-source effort will
pull in many more developers than they can afford to pay to work it
themselves. in return for making the project free, they get a much
better tool that they can use for their own purposes (as part of
SourceCast).

-garrett

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