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A Microsoft-sponsored not-for-profit organisation that champions open source projects between the FOSS community and software coders has rebranded itself apart from Redmond’s Codeplex.com platform.

The CodePlex Foundation has ended confusion about being part of Microsoft’s CodePlex project, by opting for the new Outercurve Foundation moniker.

Oddly the group – with financial backing only from MS – launched as the CodePlex Foundation in 2009, despite the fact that the CodePlex name was already a long established handle used for Microsoft’s open source project hosting platform.

“The branding, undertaken to reduce confusion and differentiate the not for profit foundation from the Microsoft owned and operated forge CodePlex.com, comes a year after the foundation’s launch,” said Outercurve.

Some might argue that the org should never have used the CodePlex name in the first place, if it didn’t want to be confused with Microsoft’s own open source efforts.

“The name ‘Outercurve Foundation’ speaks to our ambition to be a foundation on the leading edge of the open source world, representing the interests of the growing audience of developers and corporations engaging with the traditional FOSS community,” gushed the group’s executive director Paula Hunter.

So that clears that one up, then. ®

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