Black Duck buys SpikeSource

The move bolsters Black Duck's tools for open-source software development

Black Duck Software announced Tuesday it is acquiring the assets of application development toolmaker SpikeSource. Terms were not disclosed.

SpikeSource's technology includes SpikeInsight, a cloud service that developers can use to check code for compliance, security and dependency issues. The company also runs the SpikeForge site, which hosts 17 open-source projects, and related forums.

Black Duck plans to use SpikeSource's products as a complement to its own software suite for managing the use of open-source software in application development.

The deal comes shortly after Black Duck announced the purchase of Ohloh.net, a public directory of open-source projects.

More details about Black Duck's plans for SpikeSource will be released in coming months, according to a statement.

Overall, the acquisitions are part of an effort by Black Duck to change from a "compliance tool provider to full life-cycle open source enabler, community participant and FOSS advocate," CEO Tim Yeaton said in a statement.

SpikeSource has a significant leadership pedigree. It was once headed by noted Silicon Valley software executive Kim Polese, who remained a board member along with chairman and founder Ray Lane, a former president of Oracle.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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