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By Ursachi Cosmin     Sep 12, 2009 in Technology
The CodePlex Foundation, a non-profit foundation with the purpose of facilitating the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities, launched on September 10, 2009.
The CodePlex Foundation was initiated by Microsoft to serve as 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.
According to, the Redmond giant has contributed $1 million to the foundation.
On their website, the foundation said that unlike other open-source foundations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and the GNOME Foundation, it intends to address the full spectrum of software projects.
Their website further states that the foundation has set up an interim Board, lead by Sam Ramji who is leaving Microsoft as its open-source point man to become CodePlex Foundation's interim president.
Sam Ramji will be supported by other Microsoft staff such as Bill Staples, Stephanie Boesch, Miguel de Icaza, Britt Johnston, and Shaun Walker.
The Board's primary goal will be to search for a permanent Executive Director, to manage the day-today operations of the Foundation, as well as a permanent Board of Directors and a Board of Advisors.
In an interview by Port 25 with Bill Staples, the General Manager for the Web Platform and Tools Team at Microsoft and a member of the interim CodePlex Foundation board, he said:
"We need the community's involvement to make the CodePlex Foundation a success. We don't have all of the answers today. With today's soft launch, we hope to get critical input that will ensure the Foundation is a respected, neutral party that can enhance collaboration between participating companies, industry partners and open source communities. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be reaching out to many folks to get their feedback and to ask them to get involved with the Foundation."
"Our hope is that new opportunities will emerge for Windows and .NET developers to more actively participate in open source development through the CodePlex Foundation."
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