Niche software distributor, SoftGen, is making its first foray into open source through a deal with US-based vendor, Zend.
SoftGen CEO, Bruce Allan, said the range of PHP products filled a gap in its portfolio of website development tools.
Zend's five core software lines cover the full cycle of PHP scripting, providing integrated development tools along with deployment, monitoring and editing functionality. All will be available via electronic download.
"We have a lot of the background database structure covered, as well as Borland, which covers the development environment," Allan said. "The Bright software we took on in May is also growing strongly in the mobility space.
"But we lacked a Web presence, particularly something volume driven."
Allan said the software fit its focus on ISVs and the applications development channel. The Zend range would suit anybody developing products for the open market.
SoftGen is now getting its engineers skilled in the products and will introduce reseller training shortly.
"Anyone who works in development will be able to pick up these products and use them quite intuitively," he said.
To support the new deal, SoftGen will launch a Web shop to handle reseller purchases and downloads.
Allan said the distributor hoped to bring on other well established open source software in the future. In the meantime, it would look at launching multi-vendor product bundles.