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Ohloh Goes Open Source

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohloh (http://www.ohloh.net), an open source network for people who create and use open source software, today announced that it is open sourcing its technology. The development community can access Ohloh source code and contribute to Ohloh via a new part of the Ohloh web site, Ohloh Labs (http://www.labs.ohloh.net). This means Ohloh tools and the Ohloh website itself will be freely available and modifiable by the community.

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Ohloh (http://www.ohloh.net), an open source network for people who create and use open source software, today announced that it is open sourcing its technology. The development community can access Ohloh source code and contribute to Ohloh via a new part of the Ohloh web site, Ohloh Labs (http://www.labs.ohloh.net). This means Ohloh tools and the Ohloh website itself will be freely available and modifiable by the community.

The first step in the process of open sourcing Ohloh's technology will be to release Ohcount, a command line tool and library that counts lines of source code and analyzes the language of the source code. Ohcount is extremely accurate in its ability to count lines of code, in part because it adapts to the language the code is written in. Currently Ohcount supports 35 languages including C/C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Ruby, HTML and XML. Ohcount and all subsequent Ohloh technologies will be licensed under a well-known and widely-accepted open source license, the GNU General Public License version 2.

The open sourcing of the remainder of Ohloh's technology will rapidly follow. "We want to make sure we have a solid process in place so that the development community can easily access and contribute to Ohcount, then we will scale Ohloh Labs to include all Ohloh technologies," said Jason Allen, co-founder and Head of Engineering at Ohloh. "This will happen in the next three to four months."

Used independently of the Ohloh website, Ohloh tools enable users to perform comprehensive audits of their software and software development teams. These metrics include detailed development activity, license information, language data, cost estimates and much more. Formerly software development organizations have been compelled to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on software license fees to collect these metrics and in many cases they do not get the exact combination of features and metrics that they want. Ohloh solves this problem by enabling organizations to integrate and customize the Ohloh data and metrics tools.

About Ohloh

Ohloh, based in Bellevue, Washington, is an open source network for people who create and use open source software. For more information about Ohloh, please go to: http://www.ohloh.net.

Ohloh is a trademark of Ohloh Corporation. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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