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Further Reflections on the CodePlex Foundation: The Glass Half Full

Sep 30, 2009, 20:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Q: Let's hear what Microsoft has to say before you start pontificating again. What is the mission of the CodePlex Foundation?

"A: That's fair. As stated on the Foundation's "About" page, it is:

"The mission of the CodePlex Foundation is to enable the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities.

"Q: Hmm. Kind of general. Anything else to help us understand what Microsoft has in mind?

"A: It looks like they expected that reaction, because the first Q&A exchange at the FAQ you can find at the site reads as follows:

"Q: OK, I've read the Mission Statement. But what, exactly, is the Codeplex Foundation going to do?

"We believe that commercial software companies and the developers that work for them under-participate in open source projects. Some of the reasons are cultural, some have to do with differing software development methodologies, and some have to do with differing views about copyrights and patents. In general, we are going to work to close these gaps. Specifically we aim to work with particular projects that can serve as best practice exemplars of how commercial software companies and open source communities can effectively collaborate."

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