Today, Adobe in partnership with SourceForge announced the opening of Open@Adobe, 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.
We spent a lot of time looking at various solutions. One thing became clear, that to be involved in open source meant being open to as many people as possible. For Adobe, open means being involved in many aspects of technology, standards, specifications, community, content and source. Our solution needed to include all of these elements.
So, in short, we did want the ability to do more than just code. We wanted some distinctive features and the ability to make sure we could also tie back to our own environment, since our open efforts are core technologies and important to our own products. SourceForge gave us the ability to support all of the things we needed and the flexibility to replace things we wanted to. SourceForge and the new development forge gives us the ability to connect our developer community to a global community. It gives us the chance to recognize projects built on Adobe open technologies as well as the technologies we have released.
We also like the fact that SF is still one of the largest forges around. Making our open source products and technologies available on SourceForge gives us the opportunity to tap the creative and innovative energies of one of the world’s largest open source communities. SourceForge currently hosts over 250,000 open source projects and powers open source project development around the world. We believe that by moving our projects to SourceForge will expand access to our open technologies; technologies that are core to Adobe’s own product offerings.
Obviously, this effort has been underway for a while and will continue as we move from our own repository to the new Open@Adobe repository on SourceForge. Our projects aren’t going away nor are we walking away from our projects. If anything, you will see more opportunity to be involved in Adobe’s open source efforts as well as our work in standards and our belief that community empowers technology.