VA Linux Systems Inc. today formally unveiled free Web hosting and communication services for open-source application developers.
The new services, packaged under the name SourceForge, (http://www.sourceforge.net) give developers a place for free collaboration on open-source applications for the Linux, Windows, Macintosh, Palm and other operating systems. SourceForge services include Web server space, version control tools, communication services and other Web-based tools designed to provide security and ease of use.
"Open Source has exploded as a methodology because of the Internet," said Brian Bile, vice president of marketing for VA Linux. "A variety of projects have reached various levels of success due to a number of sites that hosted their development, but this is the first time there has been a large-scale effort to host many projects at the same time."
VA Linux has assigned four full-time employees to assist developers in setting up their projects, Bile said. Since beta testing of the services began in November, more than 3,300 developers have signed up and 735 projects are now being hosted, beating the company's forecast, Bile said.
SourceForge will benefit VA Linux by increasing the use of open source applications. In addition to supplying Linux-based software products, VA Linux offers systems integration services.
"This is one way to increase the acceleration of (open source)," Bile said.
"The more open-source code there is and the better it is, the faster we can apply our business."
VA Linux wowed investors when the company went public last month and saw its share price rise nearly 700 percent to $320, setting a Wall Street record for a first-day percentage gain. (See "VA Linux IPO Soars Almost 700 Percent," Dec.
9) The stock closed today at $180.
VA Linux Systems, in Sunnyvale, California, is at +1-408-542-8600, or at http://www.valinux.com.