IBM has opened its Jazz collaboration platform to the software development community with Jazz.net, and is also making progress on the first Jazz-based commercial product.
Previously only available to IBM customers, Jazz.net can now be used by all software developers. Scott Hebner, vice president of marketing and strategy for IBM Rational, said that it had been for the most part invitation only, with thousands of developers in the IBM community participating. But the company today announced that anyone can get access to all Jazz technologies, source code, bug reports and requirements. Hebner said that IBM is trying to build Jazz in an open and transparent manner so that customers can participate in the creation of products they’ll ultimately be using.
Additionally, IBM is offering free licenses to any university or educational institution that wishes to teach with Jazz, as well as to any qualified open source project.
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