There are certain things in life that cause an uncontrollable, involuntary reaction when the terribly strange transcends possibility into something akeen to the big bang on a minor scale. Microsoft, (the benevolent or malevolence – take your pick) of the Windows empire are expected to be against open source generally and earlier today I was updating my RSS feeds and thought to add one from MSDN (keep track of the Redmonians folks’ goings on) and in one of those feeds I found a headline that read “Explore Open Source Software on CodePlex“.
Don’t get me wrong here, I have heard of the site before and I have always thought that this is just another one of Microsoft’s tricks to look less of the evil empire that most people (open source aficionados mostly) think of it. So, apparently Microsoft doesn’t mind having links from its properties to open source software. At the aforementioned link, all the software are build on the .Net platform which of course would simply explain this direct link from Microsoft’s properties. Here is a quote from CodePlex:
CodePlex is Microsoft’s open source project hosting web site. You can use CodePlex to create new projects to share with the world, join others who have already started their own projects, or use the applications on this site and provide feedback.
There you have it: Microsoft and the words “open source” appearing in the same sentence and not in anyway negative and at a superficial level, not financially motivated.