CodePlex Foundation

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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.