Geeknet Sells Open Source Directory Ohloh To Black Duck Software

Open source software company Black Duck Software (which is backed by close to $40 million in funding from Red Hat, Intel Capital and others) has acquired Ohloh, a free public directory of open source software and people. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Ohloh, sold by its previous owner and operator Geeknet (formerly known as SourceForge), will be integrated with Black Ducks’ free code search site in an effort to further promote the adoption of open source software around the world.

Ohloh, founded in 2006, is said to be the largest free public directory of open source software, and also hosts a community of software developers and Free and Open Source users. Ohloh’s directory contains information aggregated from over 250,000 public code repositories, projects and forums.

Black Duck, which has acquired all assets of the Ohloh property, says it will “maintain and enhance” the Ohloh website, brand, and project information for the Ohloh community. The company expects that enhancements to the site will begin rolling out within a few months, and says it will engage directly with the community to define and implement these enhancements.

Ultimately, the company’s goal is to establish a single premier web destination that developers can turn to as a trusted source of FOSS knowledge.

Visit the FAQ page for more information about the acquisition.

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