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Collab.Net Sourcecast Provides Infrastructure For Largest Open Source Software Application

SAN FRANCISCO -- July 19, 2000 -- Collab.NetTM - a leading provider of collaborative software development services, based on open source principles - today announced that Sun Microsystems has selected the Collab.Net SourcecastSM environment as the infrastructure for, the open source community site for its StarOffice product. Collab.Net is providing a global development platform and support for and consulting with Sun to establish as a key open source virtual community. will host the source code and open source co-development project for Sun's StarOffice Suite. When it is released, the StarOffice code will be the largest open source software application available. Initially, the site will contain mailing lists so the developer community can begin discussion around the project. The source code for will be available later this year under the Free Software Foundation's GNU GPL (General Public License) and SISSL (Sun Internet Standards Source License) licensing models. (See related release titled: Sun Microsystems Makes StarOffice Available To Open Source Community.)

The Collab.Net Sourcecast platform is a complete solution comprised of open source tools and proven development practices, which have been customized to enable global collaborative software development projects. In addition to hosting the community site, Collab.Net will also be providing consulting services to Sun including: helping the StarOffice engineers work closely with the open source community and managing the site.

"We chose to work with Collab.Net on this project because they have a unique combination of expertise from working with both large corporate customers and the open source development community," said Marco Boerries, vice president and general manager of webtop and application software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The success of is important to Sun's plans and we look forward to the new innovations and applications developed around the StarOffice source code. The Collab.Net Sourcecast platform provides the scalable infrastructure that is critical to building a new open source community around StarOffice and helping us meet the expectations of both corporate and open source developers."

"The release of the Star Office source code, to a new independent development project called, fills a major hole in the open source desktop application space," said Bill Portelli, CEO of Collab.Net. "Collab.Net is excited to be working with Sun and others to foster and support a developer community for this software."

StarOffice 5.2

StarOffice 5.2 offers a feature-rich single desktop environment, with tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, Web-publishing, email, scheduling and database applications that offer businesses and individuals an alternative to proprietary office suites. For more information regarding StarOffice source code, visit

Collab.Net Sourcecast Environment

This single solution provides a medium for hosting source code and accessing a robust set of collaborative software development tools. This environment is a cohesive Web-based, open source development platform that offers simple, powerful and intuitive access to features including: code versioning, source code browsing, automatic change notification, mailing lists, and discussion forums and issue tracking Web administration.

About Collab.Net

Collab.Net provides companies with tools and services for collaborative software development by combining open source community expertise with business excellence. Collab.Net's offerings include: a developer marketplace, hosting services with lifecycle management capabilities, and professional services to facilitate software development across a worldwide community. Collab.Net is currently working with customers ranging from Application Service Providers (ASPs) to Internet firms, hardware and software providers to companies from industries such as marketing and publishing. Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, founded Collab.Net in July 1999. For more information, see

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