Any Linux- or Mac-based Linux users wanting to get access to Microsoft Corp’s CodePlex open source collaborative development site are now able to do so thanks to new free software from the Teamprise division of SourceGear LLC.
That’s free as in beer, rather than free as in speech, but it does mean that developers using the open source Eclipse development environment are now able to access the CopePlex site, which hosts Microsoft and third-party open- and shared-source projects.
Launched in June 2006, CodePlex is built on Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server and therefore was not accessible to developers using Eclipse or Linux or Mac desktops.
In order to rectify that, Teamprise is making available free of charge to open source developers the Teamprise client suite that it offers to enterprise to enable cross-platform access to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS).
The client suite includes the Teamprise plug-in for Eclipse, Teamprise Explorer, a GUI client for TFS that runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Unix, and the Teamprise Command Line Client, which runs on any platform with the right Java Runtime Environment.