MS-backed CodePlex Foundation morphs into Outercurve
'We don't want to be confused with our sponsors'
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. ®
Nymshifting to start afresh.
But that rarely works.
Outercurve and Codeplex exist solely for one purpose: to be Microsoft proxy. Microsoft can't evade free software anymore, but they don't want to distribute GPL'd code because that would mean they have to forget about suing against those projects whose code they are distributing. That would put kibosh on their FUD strategy. So they make "independent" foundation which is separate legal entity and then direct their customers there when they want free software. It is pretty pathetic, really.
What is even more pathetic is that they call real FLOSS people "traditionalists" and Microsoft is somehow "leading edge". That is one more evidence that Microsoft is trying to pervert and degrade free software, and that they are not really meaning the right thing when they say "open source". They probably mean "free labor" or "free beer".
But it's still ...
... totally funded by MS?
What measure of independence does that actually provide for?
Looks like a Sirius Cybernetics Marketing Dept definition of surgery - appear to cut the umbilical cord (but really keep it connected).
Hi, we decided to let the projects pick their own forum tools rather than dictate that they use ours.... we are not aggregating the thousands of project level posts, just didn't seem to make sense. We are turning the main forum back on shortly... happy to have your input.