December 30, 2009, 8:09 am
As you may recall, Microsoft announced back on September 10 that it had launched a new foundation ‚Äúas a forum in which open source communities and the software development community can come together with the shared goal of increasing participation in open source community projects.‚Äù It called it‚Äôs new non-profit organization the CodePlex Foundation, echoing the name of a commercial site, called CodePlex.com, that it had earlier set up to host open source development projects.
Microsoft launched the CodePlex Foundation with bylaws and other governance documents with which I had some issues, and about which I posted some recommendations. But it also publicly stated that these documents, and the initial boards of directors and advisors, were only temporary. Within 100 days, the statements posted at the site pledged, a new Board would be announced. Nominations for the Boards of Directors and Advisors were welcomed, as well as recommendations on changes to the governance documents.
On October 21, the Foundation announced its Project Acceptance and Operation Guidelines, and on November 18, its first ‚ÄúGallery‚Äù (a project area), supporting Microsoft‚Äôs ASP.NET, and its first project (supporting ASP.NET Ajax libraries). Microsoft announced that it had contributed a second project, Orchard, to the ASP.NET Gallery on December 9.
But December 19 - the 100 day mark - passed quietly, with no announcement of a new Board or a status update on the other goals. So what‚Äôs up with the CodePlex Foundation, and its pledge to promptly transition into a more independent organization?