Microsoft's Codeplex Foundation To Be Scrutinised

Microsoft has finally ventured into open source domain with a non profit organisation, dubbed as “CodePlex Foundation”, aimed at encouraging software companies to participate more in open source software development.

The software giant has invested a whopping $1 million in the new foundation and has appointed many of its own staffers as the foundation’s board members.

The interim president for the foundation’s board will be Sam Ramji, who is quitting Microsoft as its leading open source executive for what he refers to as personal reasons.

The foundation will also include Novell’s Miguel de Icaza, the renowned open source software developer behind the Mono project.

The CodePlex Foundation will differ starkly from its other open source counterparts, such as Mozilla Foundation and GNOME Foundation, as it aims at addressing the wider array of software projects, according to the foundation’s website.

Citing the same, the website reads: “We wanted a foundation that addresses a full spectrum of software projects, and does so with the licensing and intellectual property needs of commercial software companies in mind.”

Incidentally, the move comes after the Open Invention Network is reportedly snapping up as many as Microsoft’s 22 Linux-related patents that had already been sold to a group involving Cisco and HP.

Our Comments

Microsoft coming up with an open source project. This is hardly believable from a company whose boss, Steve Ballmer, called Linux a cancer eight years ago. It shouldn't therefore come as a surprise that Open source proponents will see Microsoft's venture with much suspicion.

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