UPDATED 09:16 EDT / JUNE 17 2013

WANdisco Snaps Up Dev Site to Boost Open-Source Mojo

WANdisco announced that it has snagged TortoiseSVN.net, the website that hosts the open source Subversion client of the same name. According to the company, this domain attracts 500,000 unique visitors each month and supports over five million downloads each year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but WANDisco revealed that lead developer Stefan Küng will be joining its ranks.

Subversion, also known as SVN, is a widely-used version control system distributed under Apache license. WANdisco is the main corporate backer of the project, and as such, it employs a sizable portion of the core contributors. The company’s enterprise software lineup includes half a dozen Subversion offerings, namely an open-source client with a number of unique features and five commercial products.

TortoiseSVN is an award-winning, open source Subversion client software for Windows that is used by millions of developers worldwide.

“TortoiseSVN is the most popular client application for software developers ever,” WANdisco CEO David Richards said in a statement. “WANdisco has been a major contributor to the TortoiseSVN project since 2010 and with Stefan Küng’s expertise, we can ensure this popular open source project continues to thrive with quality support and new features users are looking for.”

WANdisco has contributed to a number of other projects besides TortoiseSVN. The company is responsible for Bloodhound, an open-source project management system and bug tracking system that graduated from the Apache Incubator on March 20th this year.

Bloodhound’s graduation was announced a couple of weeks after WANdisco rolled out the latest version of its Hadoop fork. The update introduced support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2, RedHat Enterprise Linux and CentOS, three popular server operating systems.


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