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Sam Ramji: On the CodePlex Foundation and more

Nov 04, 2009, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"LWN: I'd like to start by discussing the CodePlex Foundation, can you give us your high-level overview of the foundation and its mission? Is it meant to serve the open source community, software companies, or both?

"Both. The CodePlex Foundation's mission is to enable the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities. We are organized to serve both the open source community and software companies, which is why we chose to operate as an independent, non-profit foundation. As LWN and others have noted, other foundations exist – GNOME, Mozilla, Apache, Linux and Eclipse, for example – which share similar goals, although those foundations have a specific technology focus. We saw the need for an organization that more broadly addressed the process of participating in open source communities. In my travels in open source I've observed that corporate software developers don't often participate as much as one might expect in the open source projects that they make use of. We are working to provide an answer to the question: as a software company or as a corporate software developer, how can I contribute code, or a project, to an open source project or foundation?"

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