I wanted to drop a few words about CodePlex Foundation.
To preempt the snarky comments, no I have no knowledge about the foundation beyond what was made public.
The CodePlex Foundation is apparently about:
Enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities.
That is good on several levels.
- It is another stepping stone in making OSS an acceptable solution in the .NET eco system.
- It is explicitly setup to encourage the use of OSS in commercial settings.
It is still way to early to tell, but my hope is that it will become a platform on top of which OSS projects and contributors can build a commercially viable solutions. Working on OSS is hard, when you have to donate all your time and energy.
Ideally, I would like to see a the foundation work to make it happen. I have some ideas about this, such as sponsoring outright some of the projects, or contributing resources for things like build servers, tech writers, support system, etc.