Prentice Hall and SourceForge Announce Publishing Alliance: New SourceForge Community Press to Offer Definitive Information on Popular Open Source Projects

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Prentice Hall Professional Publishers and SourceForge, Inc. today launched SourceForge(R) Community Press, an alliance between the publishing house and the world's largest repository of open source projects. The partnership creates an official source for information on open source projects hosted on SourceForge.net(R), giving developers comprehensive instructional books authored by the creators of the projects themselves.

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At the end of the day, tools like SourceForge Community Press allow our projects to serve their communities better and be rewarded for doing so.

    "This gives developers who host their projects on SourceForge.net another way to inform and instruct those who use their software. In addition, this offering provides a source of potential revenue that developers can use to fund their work," said Ross Turk, community manager, SourceForge.net. "At the end of the day, tools like SourceForge Community Press allow our projects to serve their communities better and be rewarded for doing so."

SourceForge Community Press books will be available at SourceForge.net and via the publisher's web site (http://www.informit.com/sourceforge) with pricing starting at U.S. $12.99 for the primarily digital titles.

"Traditional publishing is too slow to keep up with the speed of open source development," said Robin, "Roblimo" Miller, editor-in-chief for SourceForge Inc. "This is a whole new style of publishing, based on modern eBook and PoD (Print on Demand) technology, that allows books about open source projects to be updated as often as the projects themselves without sacrificing quality in any way."

Flagship titles within the SourceForge Community Press include:

-- Podcasting with Audacity: Creating a Podcast with Free Audio Software, authored by Dominic Mazzoni & Scott Granneman, is a complete guide to podcasting with this popular and free audio editor;

-- ThinWire Handbook: A Guide to Creating Effective Ajax Applications, authored by Joshua Gertzen and Ted C. Howard, will enable Java developers to create responsive, expressive & interactive web applications with ease;

-- Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program, authored by Tavmjong Bah, is a complete guide to this open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator;

-- CLI for Noobies, authored by Joe Barr, will explain why the CLI (Command Line Interface) provides the easiest, quickest way to do whatever needs to be done in the Linux environment.

"Prentice Hall is honored to support leading open source software developers with yet another way to share their knowledge, and to help users around the world who rely on the open source community," said Prentice Hall Executive Editor Debra Williams Cauley.

Attendees at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) http://conferences.oreillynet.com/os2007 can learn more about SourceForge Community Press at the Prentice Hall Booth #319. Those interested in submitting a SourceForge Community Press book proposal can contact Debra Williams Cauley at: Debra_Williams@prenhall.com or Robin "Roblimo" Miller at: robin@roblimo.com.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (http://www.pearsoned.com) is the global leader in educational and professional publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help people of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Professionals, leaders, academics, experts, and consultants draft the books and online resources that help develop today's and tomorrow's business leaders. Top technology companies who have chosen Pearson Education as their publishing partner include IBM, Symantec, Cisco, Adobe, and Macromedia. The company is home to such publishing and information portal brands as Informit.com, IBM Press, Peachpit Press, Cisco Press, and Que Publishing.

Pearson Education is also home to renowned publishing brands Addison-Wesley Professional (http://www.awprofessional.com) and Prentice Hall Professional (http://www.prenhallprofessional.com), whose authors are routinely honored with the industry-recognized Jolt Awards and whose seminal software engineering books include: Design Patterns, The C Programming Language, The Art of Computer Programming and The Java Programming Language.

Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company, whose other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About SourceForge, Inc.

SourceForge, Inc's media and e-commerce web sites connect millions of influential technology professionals and enthusiasts. Combining user-developed content, online marketplaces and e-commerce, SourceForge is the global technology community's nexus for information exchange, goods for geeks, and open source software distribution and services. SourceForge's network of web sites serves more than 33 million unique visitors each month* and includes: SourceForge.net, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Linux.com, freshmeat.net, ITManagersJournal and NewsForge. For more information or to view the media kit online, visit http://www.sourceforge.com. (*Source: Google Analytics and Omniture, April 2007.)

SourceForge and SourceForge.net are registered trademarks of SourceForge, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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