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28 September 2010, 09:40

CodePlex Foundation becomes Outercurve Foundation

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Since its launch, the CodePlex Foundation has been confused by some with Microsoft's project hosting platform, despite the fact that the former is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting open source collaboration between corporations and the community and the latter is a Microsoft-owned site for hosting open source projects. The CodePlex Foundation has decided to end that confusion by changing its name to the Outercurve Foundation; it felt it was unlikely that Microsoft's well established hosting platform would change its name. The new name was chosen to evoke the idea of a continuum where the foundation aims to represent the "broader constituency of software companies and developers that are now embracing open source".

Although it has been looking for further sponsors, the Outercurve Foundation is however, still solely sponsored by Microsoft and still describes itself as being able to "provide a software IP management process and project development governance to enable and encourage organisations to develop software collaboratively to develop results faster". The Foundation operates a number of open source "galleries" which group projects together under specific themes; to date it has accepted six open source projects into these galleries.


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