September 30, 2009, 10:38 am
Two weeks ago, I wrote an analysis of the governance structure of the CodePlex Foundation, a new open source-focused foundation launched by Microsoft. My opinion, as expressed in that piece, was that significant changes (which I outlined) would need to be made to the Foundation before it would be taken seriously by Microsoft‚Äôs competitors, and more especially, by individual open source developers.
But what about the business premise for the Foundation itself? Let‚Äôs say that CodePlex does restructure in such a way as to create a trusted, safe place for work to be done to support the open source software development model. Is there be a need for such an organization, and if so, what needs could it help meet.
As with my last piece, I‚Äôll use the Q&A approach to make my points.