I’ve been talking about open source modelling tools for the last little while, mainly about Papyrus and promoting Papyrus-RT (with which I am, obviously from my posts, involved). Well another company has seen the open source light: Mentor Graphics has now formally released its BridgePoint tools to open source. A new company, OneFact, staffed with ex-Mentor Graphics employees, is taking over the mantle for the maintenance, support, and consulting for the tool.
This good news. First, it is further indication that there is a business case around open source modelling tools, so our own efforts are validated. Second, the approach taken by Mentor Graphics does not leave existing customers wondering what is happening or will happen (there have been questions about Mentor Graphics’ intentions for BridgePoint for quite a while) and ensures continuity.
Congratulations and good luck to the folks at OneFact!