Microsoft-backed open source group outlines project guidelines

The CodePlex Foundation seeks to connect corporate software developers with open source community projects

Likening its organizational plan to a museum featuring different galleries of interest, the Microsoft-backed CodePlex Foundation for open source projects this week is talking up its project submission guidelines, which were released last week.

Guidelines include allowing commercial sponsorship of project "galleries," with the foundation focused on being "commercial-friendly."

[ Earlier this year, Sam Ramji, Microsoft's CodePlex Foundation leader, soaked in a stinging critique from standards expert Andy Updegrove. ]

"We will operate much like [how] a museum has galleries," said Sam Ramji, president of the foundation board of directors. The foundation plans to begin accepting projects this month and has already had some project submissions.

Other guidelines include requiring that each project have a mentor and a strong project team. Projects must use an open source-friendly license. Project best practices will be maintained by the central foundation. New projects can be accepted even if they have overlapping functionality with another project. The foundation will provide mechanisms for code security,

"The core mechanism of the foundation is that we exist to provide a legal framework for open source projects much like other open source foundations," with an intent to make it easy for corporations to contribute to open source projects, Ramji said.

Formation of the foundation was announced in September. Microsoft provided $1 million in initial funding.

CodePlex differs from other open source foundations in that it is specifically dedicated to connecting corporate software developers with open source community projects, Ramji said. "No other foundation is dedicated specifically to increasing contributions from corporations to community projects," he said.

Although there are 350,000 open source rojects worldwide, the flow of contributions from corporations to open source projects actually is small, said Ramji.

Now vice president of strategy at cloud infrastructure startup Sonoa Systems, Ramji  recently left his position as senior director of platform strategy at Microsoft, where he was in charge of worldwide Linux and open source strategy.

This story, "Microsoft-backed open source group outlines project guidelines," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in open source at InfoWorld.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags open sourceMicrosoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Essentials

Brother MFC-L3745CDW Colour Laser Multifunction

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?