Outercurve Foundation announces second sponsor: AOL
AOL has announced that it is becoming a sponsor of the Outercurve Foundation. Since it was created, originally as the Codeplex Foundation and later reincarnated as the Outercurve Foundation, the organisation which wants to show corporations how best to create, release and work with communities around open source, has had only one sponsor. That sponsor, Microsoft, is no longer alone now that AOL has signed up with the organisation. Although companies not affiliated with Microsoft have placed projects at the foundation, no company had, to date, signed up as a sponsor.
According to a blog posting, AOL was guided into becoming a sponsor by Erynn Petersen, an AOL SVP of Paid Services Engineering. Petersen has previously been involved in getting AOL to work better with the open source community and the sponsorship of Outercurve is an extension of that work. AOL will be transferring projects to the Outercurve foundation in the future which, for AOL, "eliminates the complexity of creating, funding and managing a separate foundation", says Petersen, and should enable simpler contributions to the projects by third parties.