"Microsoft announced a new organization this week called
CodePlex, which according to its web site, is "a non-profit
foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code
and understanding among software companies and open source
communities." Now, you don't normally see Microsoft and Open Source
in the same breath without raising a hair of suspicion (and in some
cases howling laughter). In fact, my colleague Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols, who has been writing about Linux and Open Source
for many years, wrote in his Cyber Cynic column yesterday, he finds
Microsoft's motives in this project dubious to say the least.
"That's why I was surprised to find a press release in my In Box
yesterday from open source vendor, DotNetNuke proudly trumpeting
the fact that their chief architect and co-founder, Shaun Walker
was joining the CodePlex Foundation interim Board of Directors.
It's worth noting that DotNetNuke is built on Microsoft's .Net
platform. In that context, Walker's role with the new foundation
makes sense at least on some level, but will it fly in the open
source community, a place that has been known to be cold and