Hewlett-Packard is supplying more arms to the open source development community, announcing it has built an internal developers' network based on an open source software platform from CollabNet.
HP's printing and imaging division has launched what it calls the Collaborative Development Program (CDP), a proprietary network that links HP's worldwide employees to collaborate on software development projects. CollabNet's Web-based development environment also allows HP's business partners and customers to contribute to the development through a secure connection.
HP first started testing the network in July 2000 with 30 developers. Since then, the program has grown to include more than 100 projects and support for more than 1200 developers worldwide.
"It's a testament to the power of collaboration within an enterprise," said Bernie Mills, CollabNet senior vice president of marketing. "This is a good example of how an enterprise that may not be interested in open sourcing their code can take advantage of [the open source process]."
CollabNet offers three products based on its SourceCast software. One allows developers to submit a project to be worked on by other open source developers. A second lets corporations build communities in which outside developers can contribute to open source projects. This product includes a branded Web site with development tools, project administrative and management capabilities, as well as legal and technical consulting.
The third platform, of which HP will become the first customer, is the enterprise development network, where the open source development model is used in-house.