March 5, 2002

GNU Enteprise and Double Choco Latte Projects Merg

Author: JT Smith

Derek Neighbors writes: Double Choco Latte (DCL),
a work order and help desk management system, today announced that it
will be merging into GNU Enterprise (GNUe), a GNU Package. These two
projects give individual and corporate users software freedom for
enterprise applications through the GNU General Public License, which
grants and defends users' freedoms to copy, share, modify, and
redistribute software.

"DCL has always had a vision of creating an integrated set of
applications," said Michael Dean, Lead Developer of Double Choco
Latte, "The merging of these two projects will accelerate the process
of making that vision a reality. Additionally, the GNUe tools will
provide a very robust and customizable framework on which to build,
integrate, and extend DCL in ways that would have required
significantly more development effort. GNUe and DCL together will help
create solutions that meet the requirements of an organization's ERP
or CRM needs."

By putting DCL under the GNUe umbrella, additional resources will be
immediately devoted to it. DCL and its existing PHP interfaces will
quickly be available under the GNUe Application Framework. DCL will be
better modularized. Stronger customer management and billing/invoicing
by project/work order will be the first of many new features. DCL will
become the project management package of GNUe and will use GNUe
modules for many of its components.

"From my first experience with DCL I had a feeling that there was a
lot to be gained by combining our projects," said Derek Neighbors,
co-maintainer of GNU Enterprise,"and after many late nights with the
DCL team, we all realized it just makes sense to work together. The
DCL team was filling a lot of gaps in the GNUe vision that we just
hadn't had the time to focus on, and we were able to offer a lot of
immediate input into DCL to help make it more rounded."

The combining of talent from both of these free software projects
should only help accelerate the development of much needed free
software enterprise applications. By increasing the breadth of
enterprise applications that are under a free software license, users
are given options to proprietary software that adversely restrict them
and their businesses. Adding the additional talent and visions to both
projects only helps expand the offerrings of integrated, yet modular,
solutions for small to mid size enterprises.

About GNU Enterprise:
GNU Enterprise (GNUe) is a suite of tools and applications for solving
the specific needs of the enterprise. From human resources,
accounting, customer relationship management and project management to
supply chain or e-commerce, GNUe can handle the needs of any business,
large or small.

Beyond applications, GNUe is a development framework that enables
enterprise information technology professionals to customize
applications for their businesses. The GNUe platform boasts an open
architecture and easy maintenance. It gives users a modular system and
freedom from being stuck with a single-source vendor. Plus, users get
consistency and the ability to tap into a network of best practices
from other enterprises, saving valuable development time.

Additional information can be found at http://www.gnue.org
Media Contact: GNU Enterprise
Derek Neighbors
Phone: +1-480-216-2668

About Double Choco Latte:
Double Choco Latte is a package that provides basic project management
capabilities, time tracking on tasks, call tracking, email
notifications, online documents, statistical reports, a report engine,
and more features are either working or being developed/planned. It is
licensed under the GPL (GNU Public License), which means it is free to
study, distribute, modify, and use.

Additional information can be found at http://dcl.sourceforge.net
Media Contact: Double Choco Latte
Michael Dean

About GNU/Linux:
GNU/Linux is the integrated combination of the GNU operating system
with the kernel, Linux, written by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The various
versions of GNU/Linux have an estimated 20 million users.

Some people call the GNU/Linux system "Linux", but this misnomer leads
to confusion (people cannot tell whether you mean the whole system or
the kernel, one part), and spreads an inaccurate picture of how, when
and where the system was developed. Making a consistent distinction
between GNU/Linux, the whole operating system, and Linux, the kernel,
is the best way to clear up the confusion.

See
http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html for more explanation.
Media Contact: Free Software Foundation
Bradley M. Kuhn
Phone: +1-617-542-5942

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