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Microsoft has officially launched its open source developer website to promote the use of its software engineering technology among the development community.
The CodePlex website has been running in a trial beta format since May and has received more than 100,000 visits worldwide. The initial 12 projects being worked on by developers have grown to more than 30.
Unless you can read the cryptic MS classes and the bloated HTML produced by the generators (ie, MS-Word export ala FrontPage style, .NET, .ASP, etc..), you will have to "keep updated" with the latest MS developer tool$.
Oh yeah--- and the code will need to run on a Windows server --- try to FTP a file in place and blow out all the permissions... not fun.
Funny they chose to use "Plex" (as in GooglePlex) in the name --- typical MS marketing. Unoriginal and late to the table.
[edited by: tedster at 4:00 pm (utc) on June 28, 2006]
For something to be open source, you need to use an OSI-approved license:
Microsoft grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free copyright license to reproduce the software, prepare derivative works of the software and distribute the software or any derivative works that you create.
Microsoft grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free patent license under licensed patents to make, have made, use, practice, sell, and offer for sale, and/or otherwise dispose of the software or derivative works of the software.