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CollabNet inks development deals with Motorola, Mozilla

The collective programming effort, a site capitalizing on open-source and collaborative programming efforts, signs on two new customers: a major corporate partner and an open-source pioneer.

Collective programming effort CollabNet, a site capitalizing on open-source and collaborative programming efforts, has signed up two new customers: a major corporate partner and an open-source pioneer.

CollabNet will host a site to help programmers collaborate on writing software for Motorola's upcoming Java-enabled iDEN cell phones. The site uses CollabNet's SourceCast service, which enables features handy for collaborative work such as mailing lists, bug-tracking and control over programming project updates.

SourceCast also is at the heart of a site called Mozdev run for the Mozilla group to house projects related to Mozilla, the open-source version of the Netscape Web browser.

CollabNet is one of a handful of companies trying to capitalize on the popularity of the open-source programming movement, in which anyone may join a programming project. The cooperative philosophy stands in contrast to the proprietary programming models more commonly found in the software industry, in which the source code that underlies software is kept secret.

Mozdev isn't the first Netscape connection for CollabNet, which includes Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen among its investors.

CollabNet's SourceCast is similar to VA Linux Systems' SourceForge site, which VA in December spun off into a service of its own.

CollabNet also hosts collaborative programming sites for Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Progress Software.