Rather than build yet another forge, we decided to do something new. We wanted to build a new kind of extensible forge, and a new set of highly integrated forge tools.
It's easy to get frustrated with existing development tools. Too often they are overbearing, complex, and make assumptions that get in your way. And even if they are open source, it's often difficult to get them to work the way you need them too.
Which is why we created Allura. It's designed to be truly open, in many different senses of the word.
It's open in bunch of ways:
We looked at existing forges, but to achieve all those goals, we decided we needed to build something new.
Allura is at once a set of tools to help people collaboratively develop software, and an open platform on which innovative new tools be built.