Black Duck calls Microsoft open source mainstream

Black Duck calls Microsoft open source mainstream

Summary: Microsoft understands the importance of this story, and you should too. CodePlex, which has 9,000 projects now with 100 more added each week, is now as much a part of open source as Sourceforge.

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Black Duck's move to add CodePlex support to its KnowledgeBase and Koders.com products is the final proof, if such were needed, that Microsoft has become part of the open source mainstream.

Softpedia featured a smiling picture of Microsoft's senior director of platform strategy, Sam Ramji, along with its coverage of the press release. The smile speaks volumes.

Microsoft understands the importance of this story, and you should too. CodePlex, which has 9,000 projects now with 100 more added each week, is now as much a part of open source as Sourceforge.

Tony Rahman, a Microsoft program manager writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reader blog, says "each quarter it seems more leaders and their teams are onboard with the new attitude of cooperation, openness, and transparency."

Believe him? Or is this post going to ignite yet-another Microsoft flame war?

Let's find out.

Topics: Microsoft, Open Source

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  • I don't know about you....

    ...but Codeplex seems to have a long way to go to be as big or important as Sourceforge. 9,000 projects vs 230,000. I think I read that Google Code had around 50,000 a while back and they started off after Codeplex didn't they?

    I'm not trying to knock MS but I just don't believe the culture of MS oriented developers is geared towards FOSS. They have to pay a pretty penny for their top notch tool sets so they start off with a sense against sharing. On the other hand a developer starting with Eclipse or Netbeans is more likely to feel a sense of sharing as they have been given the full fledged tools to get started free of charge.
    storm14k
    • codeplex is stillborn

      because it does not host any usefull and GPLed software created with FOSS tools.
      Linux Geek
      • Who cares?

        Stillobrn? Because it "[D]oesn't host any useful and GPLed software created with FOSS tools?" I'm sorry, but who cares? Codeplex is a hosting repository with some very nice features.

        So what if it's doesn't host any GPLed software? (A claim which I don't think is even true.) The GPL is an overly restrictive and inferior license anyway. Apache isn't GPL, nor is Qt (LGPL) or Gtk (LGPL). They aren't hosted on Sourceforge, either.

        Sorry, but Codeplex is an extremely viable part of the OpenSource community. And it's accomplishing it's overall goal. People aren't saying "OMG, Microsoft and OpenSource" any more.
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        Rob Oakes
      • Stillborn explains your posts, too

        as we know they will be lifeless even before you post them :)
        GuidingLight
      • I guess that Mozilla and Apache are also stillborn then? (nt)

        honeymonster
    • But....

      How many of those 230,000 projects have died or gone stagnant? I'm sure it doesn't bring the the number anywhere close to being comparative to Codeplex but you do have to take that into consideration.

      P.S. I'm also sure that all 9000 projects on Codeplex aren't active either.
      safesax2002
      • RE: Black Duck calls Microsoft open source mainstream

        Microsoft understands the importance of this story, and you should too. CodePlex, which has 9,000 projects now with 100 more added each week, is now as much a part of open source as Sourceforge.<a href="http://ipadbagblog.com/"><font color="LightGrey"> k</font></a>
        zakkiromi
    • It is already the repository of choice

      for many Microsoft/.NET shops. If you are looking for a good .NET library/product you will often find them on codeplex and not on sourceforge.

      It's just segmentation. Codeplex helps Microsoft grow a focused ecosystem the the benefit of their customers. And satisfies customers help Microsoft keep them as Microsoft customers.
      honeymonster
  • RE: Black Duck calls Microsoft open source mainstream

    I agree that Codeplex has a long way to go compared with the other source code sites, it is a step in the right direction.

    I have noticed a big improvement on MSDN in the past three years with better source code, examples, video's, blogs, etc. Silverlight.net is also a step in the right direction for their latest addition. Channel 9, 10, and Edgenet are nice for new technology (Channel 8 for teched is not really up to date). Basically I believe they are trying to be more transparent and keep everyone up to date on whats coming and how they envision the tech they are releasing.
    relwolf
  • Microsoft is just hosting the service

    Firstly there is very little Microsoft code on codeplex.

    I agree that Codeplex is as much a part of open source as SourceForge is (only a lot smaller). The fact is that SourceForge and Codeplex are not open source - they are hosting services.

    jimmyed2000
  • Microsoft loves to portray itself as the underdog.

    Aw, poor sweet old Microsoft. Look how hard they are trying. Sorry, that's just not the case.

    I have tried hard to understand Microsoft and I continue to try to see just exactly what their motivation is. It never fails to filter down to this; Microsoft will do anything to retain complete control of the market. They would even have their CEO dance around on stage in a sweaty lather to retain that position. Why? Because they are constitutionally incapable of doing business any other way.

    There may be twists and turns but if you had to reduce the story of Microsoft to a TV Guide sized blurb, that would be it.
    kozmcrae
  • For Sale

    o Land in New Jersey Meadowlands
    o Brooklyn Bridge

    Price Negotiable
    no_zd_user_name
  • Difference between serious open source developers and posers?

    Just follow the trail of the ABMer zealots. These are the ranting, pretending to be very good at Linux who would rather prefer Linux to stay irrelevant than see it grow with Microsoft participation.
    transposeIT
    • Rut-roh

      Someone forgot to tell Linux and the thousands of companies & enthusiasts who use it that it's irrelevant.
      t0ken407