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GroundWork Open Source Launches MonitoringForge.org

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| Additionally, MonitoringForge provides a unified, professional 
| project and plugin listing for all open source solutions involving 
| monitoring. This web platform is designed to give the project 
| developer control of how their material is presented and managed.



Touristâs Guide to Microsoftâs Potemkin Village

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| To me, when someone starts heralding Microsoft - it instantly raises astroturf
| / shill suspicions in my mind. Automatic acceptance and praise  not only puts
| aside natural and justified skepticism, but it also skips right over âwait and
| seeâ into fanboy-land. I do not see how that is an intellectually honest
| position to take.


The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations)

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| Q:  What about the CodePlex mission?  How does that sound?
| A:  I had to smile a bit when I listened to the (scripted) interview at the
| site.  The premise seems to be that (a) âsome companiesâ have âcultureâ
| problems that keep them out of open source projects, or are âuneasyâ with the
| âintellectual propertyâ rules of open source foundations; (b) that âmore
| companiesâ would participate âas much as they shouldâ if better practices, and
| intellectual property tools, were developed; and (c) that a place is needed to
| bring âsuch companiesâ and open source developers together.  Itâs clear that
| all of these statements would be true if you substituted âMicrosoftâ for the
| phrase, âsome companies,â but I havenât noticed that any of these factors has
| been a problem for most other software vendors.
| This slide from the interview will give you the flavor:
| Â    Commercial software developers currently under-participate in open source
| projects
|     -  Cultural differences
|     -  Differing development methodologies
|     -  Differing perspectives on copyrights and patents
|     -  Differing perspectives on licensing
| Â    No other foundation is dedicated to changing that situation


CodePlex Foundation founding flawed says legal expert

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| Andrew Updegrove, co-creator of the MIT licence and an expert in creating
| consortiums, has examined the founding documents of CodePlex Foundation and
| believes its creation is flawed. Updegrove, in an extensive article on
| Consortiuminfo.org, points to the lack of initial co-sponsors, the small size
| of the board, which in 100 days time is scheduled to shrink from 5 to only 6
| members and to the fact that the majority of its members are Microsoft
| employed. He also notes that the foundation has not been set up as a
| membership organisation which he says is "very unusual for an organisation
| operating in an area that usually relies on consensus".


Codeplex Foundation â Microsoft loves FOSS?

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| In the meantime Microsoft is looking for a new open source person to
| fill the space left by Mr Ramji.
| My money is on Mr De Icazza â he has sure earned it (IMO).


A look at the CodePlex Foundation

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| âMisunderstandings on both sidesâ? Could that have anything at all to do
| with the decade of misinformation and FUD Microsoft has directly and
| indirectly funded, including the Best Buy disinformation campaign
| running at this very moment?
| The chutzpah it must have taken for the author to actually type out that
| sentence, knowing full well that his own employer is the overwhelmingly
| largest single engine of misinformation, lies and destruction aimed at
| the Open Source community! You almost have to admire a man you can look
| you right in the eye and lie, knowing that you know that he knows that
| you know he is lying!
| And there we have the fatal flaw of the CodePlex Foundation revealed:
| because it is a Microsoft mouthpiece, it can not speak directly and
| honestly about the single biggest challenge Free and Open Source
| Software faces - the aggressive hostility and lies spread about it by
| Microsoft.
| [...]
| The amazing thing is some people believe it! I guess some people fall
| for Nigerian scams, order Vigara from links in random email, and
| franticially dial 1-800 numbers during infomercials so they can get the


Miguel joins Microsoft board, slams FSF


Microsoft launches open source foundation

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| The foundation is initially being funded by Microsoft and will be led by
| Microsoft's Sam Ramji (**UPDATED** Ramji is leaving Microsoft on
| September 25th) . Novell's  Miguel de Icaza will be part of the new
| foundation's Board of Directors (don't forget Microsoft and Novell have
| an interop and patent deal).
| So why does Microsoft need its own open source foundation? And what's
| the difference vs what they are doing with Codeplex.com anyways?
| [...]
| I understand that CodePlex has its own ecosystem, but I would have
| expected the path to commercialization might have been better served
| through Microsoft itself rather than some shell open source foundation.


New Microsoft-backed open source foundation faces questions


If Microsoft really wants to be friends with Linux...

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| Microsoft has created a new foundation, the CodePlex Foundation which
| claims to be about bringing open-source and proprietary software
| companies together to participate side by side in open-source projects.
| Yeah. Right.
| [...]
| Besides, just like the snake in the story, Microsoft is more than happy
| to poison open-source software even as it proclaims that it wants to co-
| operate with open source. Just off the top of my head there's the
| revelation that Microsoft's ExpertZone training for Best Buy and other
| retailers is stuffed with anti-Linux lies.
| And, then there's Microsoft's patent attacks on open-source using
| companies like TomTom and its thwarted efforts to sell anti-Linux
| patents to a patent troll. According to Jim Zemlin, executive director
| of the Linux Foundation, "The details are that Microsoft assembled a
| package of patents 'relating to open source' and put them up for sale to
| patent trolls. Microsoft thought they were selling them to AST, a group
| that buys patents, offers licenses to its members, and then resells the
| patents." What actually happened was that Microsoft ended up selling the
| patents to the Open Invention Network, a pro-Linux intellectual-property
| organization.


Microsoft and Patent Trolls


Microsoft Launches Open Source Foundation

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| Other interim board members of the new foundation are primarily from
| Microsoft, at this point. They include Bill Staples, head of
| Microsoftâs Internet Information Services team; Stephanie Boesch, a
| Microsoft Program Manager for the .Net Framework; Miguel de Icaza, Vice
| President of Developer Platform at Novell; Britt Johnston, a Microsoft
| Product Unit Manager for Data and Modeling; and Shaun Walker, Co-
| founder and Chief Architect of DotNetNuke.

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