Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Adobe Open Source and Transparency

I got an email from Dave McAllister I want to post here. It really makes me proud that we are moving in this direction. It was also written up here.

"Today, we formally launched phase 1 of open@adobe, our new portal for open stuff. Open@Adobe ( is the first instantiation of SourceForge's new developer platform. Open@Adobe is a site aggregating Adobe's openness programs, which includes source code hosting, such as the Adobe® Flex framework, and contributions from Adobe to standards organizations, as well as specifications.

It has been clear for some time that we needed to become more aligned with development principles is seen in open source projects. We've always followed a open process model, with exposure to our bug bases, open discussion forums , roadmaps for products, and early access through Adobe Labs. However, our current repository was not meeting the desire to allow our projects to evolve in multiple directions simultaneously.

In short, Source Forge was beginning to redesign their forge. Because of this we had the chance to add our requests, such as the ability to link back to existing Adobe properties (like forums) and in the future, adding the ability to unify the bugbase to our engineering teams. We worked with a number of existing projects to get their input, and it was fascinating the input we did get.

We wanted to tap the creative and innovative energies of the open source community. SF today hosts over 250K projects and has around 3M downloads a day. We’ve seen some increase in our numbers since its been up, even though it wasn’t announced to today. We wanted the ability for groups and individuals to self create projects; and in the near future to recognize the existence of projects built on our open source core technologies. There are planned updates during the next year, and the various projects will move from to open@adobe as it makes sense.

Feel free to take a look, and if you want to join in (even if you just want us to point to something you’re doing. Let us know.

1 comment:

  1. Glenn @ tinylion uk15 Jul 2010, 10:34:00

    Hi Duane

    thanks for the heads-up on this.

    like you said, it's great to see Adobe move in this direction, or should i say continue to go in this direction.

    Looking forward to having a good look around the new site now.


    tinylion uk


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