Black Duck Software has bought SpikeSource's assets. SpikeSource made a big splash back in 2004 or 2005, by providing open source integration and support along with having some big names on board, and now it's gone.
Some of the big names: Kim Polese, Alan Williamson, and Calvin Austin. (Kim was a big wig at Sun, Alan and Calvin were both at Java Develeoper Journal as editors.)
It's not that big of a deal - I don't remember Spikesource being all that relevant, but there was a wave of companies like them (Gluecode, Virtuas, sort of) that relied on leveraging open source and integration, and all of them now seem to have not been able to support themselves.
Virtuas died; Gluecode was bought by IBM (way back in 2005!) and hasn't been heard of since (although I still have a t-shirt of theirs, it's great); SpikeSource had been forgotten except as a footnote of history, and now they've been bought.
Anyone ever used any of these companies? The Register and eWeek both thought SpikeSource was important enough to mention the purchase of. Were they really relevant to people? If they were, how come they didn't survive on their own?
(That's what really bugs me. Spring got bought by VMWare, which makes sense from VMware's perspective, but if Spring is really that valuable, why didn't Rod Johnson just keep it and make bank out of it? That's the moment I really started wondering if Spring actually had as much going for it as they say it does.)