Black Duck Software Acquires from Geeknet; Purchase a Boon to Developers

Will Integrate Ohloh's FOSS Software Directory and Community with its Site to Promote Expanded Open Source Adoption

Oct 05, 2010, 07:00 ET from Black Duck Software

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced that it has acquired from Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq: GKNT). The transaction closed on September 30, 2010.

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Ohloh, founded in 2006, is the largest free public directory of open source software, and also hosts a vibrant web community of software developers and Free and Open Source (FOSS) 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, will maintain and enhance the Ohloh website, brand, and project information for the Ohloh community, and will ultimately combine Ohloh and to establish a comprehensive, free resource for developers to find, create, use and manage FOSS.

"With this acquisition, Black Duck is directly benefitting the FOSS community, by aiding developers' ability to find and use open source," said Paul Cormier, President of Products and Technologies for Red Hat, Inc. "It's a strategic acquisition that will continue Black Duck's transformation into a leading open source enabler, community member and FOSS champion."

Black Duck plans to use the acquisition to help enhance and expand FOSS adoption by making it easier for developers to tap the huge body of high-quality code in open source projects, and collaborate with their peers through the Ohloh community. By working with the FOSS community, including forges, foundations and other code repositories as well as individual projects and developers, Black Duck will expand and enrich Ohloh with improved data and new productivity tools. Black Duck will integrate Ohloh assets with Black Duck's free code search site, and will infuse it with a complete set of FOSS project data from Black Duck's comprehensive KnowledgeBase, to create a single premier web destination that developers can turn to as a trusted source of FOSS knowledge.

"The acquisition of Ohloh demonstrates once more the growing value of data," said Stephen O'Grady, industry analyst with RedMonk. "With Ohloh's database, Black Duck can ease the friction of commercial adoption of open source technologies by commercial organizations and provide developers with more and better intelligence about open source project health. This is a win for the company and communities alike."

Black Duck will immediately invest in the current Ohloh website and community. The company expects that enhancements to the site will begin rolling out within a few months, and will engage directly with the Ohloh community to define and implement these enhancements. already provides valuable free and unique data on FOSS trends. The chart accompanying this release, pulled from Ohloh, shows the count of monthly commits made by source code developers, sorted by language.

" and the Black Duck KnowledgeBase are tremendous and unique productivity tools, but individual developers have been asking for more freely available open source content in one comprehensive resource," said Tim Yeaton, CEO and President, Black Duck Software. "With this acquisition we'll provide the FOSS ecosystem and all developers using open source with a complete, trusted source of FOSS knowledge and insight, along with community and collaboration tools to engage with peers. Black Duck enterprise customers will benefit from Ohloh's integration with the Black Duck Suite, making open source much easier to consume and manage in their enterprises and making their developers that much more productive."

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Black Duck Software is the leading provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software, at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-solution and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, compliance and security challenges associated with open source software. Black Duck Software powers, the industry's leading code search engine for open source, and is among the 500 largest software companies in the world, according to The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, California, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. For more information, visit

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