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    Microsoft has funded a new nonprofit organization formed to encourage commercial software companies to collaborate and contribute to open source communities.

    The CodePlex Foundation, launched Thursday, aims to complement the work of existing open source organizations by providing a forum for developing best practices and finding common ground between open source developers and commercial software makers. It tapped one of Microsoft's senior leaders to spearhead the effort.

    Sam Ramji, Microsoft's director of platform strategy who oversees the company's open source and Linux initiatives, was named interim president of the CodePlex Foundation. Incorporated as a 501.c6 nonprofit, the foundation received $1 million in startup funding from Microsoft. It is the latest move by the company to demonstrate its newfound willingness to work with the open source community.

    Microsoft also contributed the foundation's name, which is taken from the company's open source project-hosting Web site, CodePlex. The name was transferred to the foundation, Ramji explained, and then licensed back to Microsoft. CodePlex will continue to host open soure projects, he said. More than 11,000 projects are currently hosted on the site.

    The foundation will focus on projects that can serve as best-practice examples of how software companies and open source communities can collaborate effectively, Ramji said. It will work initially with a limited number of yet-to-be-named open source organizations to establish a set of core practices for that collaboration, along with a core management process. Software companies in open sourcers will be able to work through the foundation to create development practices and processes that are complementary by design and intent, he said.

    This goal of complementarity is what differentiates the CodePlex Foundation from the swarm of similar groups operating today, Ramji said. "Existing open source foundations are mostly targeted at particular projects, such as Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation, or GNOME and the GNOME Foundation," he said. "CodePlex will complement the activities of other open source foundations by addressing a full spectrum of software projects while keeping the licensing, copyright and patent needs of the software companies in mind."

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    thanks a lot for this info

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    Another step forward by Microsoft, and another answer to their critics who say whatever they feel like........I think good things will come from this, thanks for the post

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    hi !

    thanks a lot for the info, it sounds really interesting.

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    This is a very good news!!!

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    I use Codeplex often. Very nice Open Source Community

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