Fulfilling the promise it made when it said it would go open source, Hyperic has released the source code for Hyperic HQ, its asset management program suite.
That doesn't sound like big news, but CEO Javier Soltero told me it was a major effort.
"We have to comb through it. It’s a process you can’t undo. Once people start writing code to a codebase you have to have stability and continuity. So any changes we had to make in terms of orgnanizing things or ordering pieces."
In the process of doing that, he revealed, the company has made increased use of open source tools.
"We’ve used a lot of open source tooks – Tomcat and Jboss. Subversion is a fantastic thing."
This is not a big story, but it's the kind of thing that is happening constantly in the open source world. Once companies commit to open source, they often move to open source tools and open source business processes.
This is something companies considering the open source way need to understand before they get started. Open source does not just change license terms. It can change everything.
Even the corporate logo. Hyperic has a new one. Like it? Hate it? Let Hyperic know, and I do believe they will respond.
They're an open source company now.