Foolish Investing in a New Open Source Order

Guess who was on the list? Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), with a program called Typescript, a new language for creating Javascript applications. Yahoo was also on the list with something called Mojito, which Wired once called its “Apple app store killer.”

Companies release software as open source because they want other eyes on it, other hands on it. They are no longer just releasing software they no longer care about. They are trying to build programming communities around the software. They’re trying to create alliances around it. They’re trying to grow it.