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SourceForge scoops up Ohloh

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SourceForge, the venerable open source repository and vendor, just got a shot in the arm by agreeing to acquire the newer, more social networking-minded Ohloh for an undisclosed amount.

We’ll be reporting more on the deal as we learn more about it, but it clearly makes sense. Actually, we saw SourceForge and Ohloh coming together already, albeit from different ends of the open source repository and community spectrum and also more competitively in our reports covering both companies. SourceForge holds the most well known and largest collection of open source software, yet it has lacked some of the newer features — both for open source developers and for enterprise and other users — such as cross-project communication and data on projects and activity. Ohloh, on the other hand, was founded more recently in 2004 and, among a new breed of open source developer and code communities, was still building up the size and sources of its directory. Ohloh has nevertheless managed to build up a community of open source software developers, encouraged cross-project communication and collaboration and perhaps most importantly in terms of commercial open source software, has provided the useful data on open source projects, contributions, developers and activity that enterprise users and vendors have been craving.

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