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Looking Inside Microsoft's Open Source Repository

Feb 11, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"If the CodePlex site itself is any indication, Microsoft is choosing only the parts of the FOSS software community it finds comfortable. You can find a lot of references to "open source" on CodePlex, but a site search turns up only 14 references to "free software." If you remember the division between free and open source software, you should have no trouble concluding that Microsoft is siding with the part of the community that is friendliest to business -- and even that choice is made somewhat gingerly.

"The closer you examine CodePlex, the stronger this attitude becomes, especially when you compare the site to similar ones. The attitude shows in everything from the general site statistics to the nature of the hosted projects and the licenses they choose. Far from showing an acceptance of FOSS, at best CodePlex shows a cautious investigation of the concept. In fact, CodePlex is so cautious that its participants are denying themselves much of the benefit of FOSS."

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