OSDN, Microsoft to Collaborate Again

Microsoft is planning on submitting an unidentified amount of software code once again to the OSDN. So far Microsoft has donated parts of its Windows Installer and a C++ Template Library. It's believed that the donated software will fall under the CPL. More details aren't expected until next month's Linux World show in San Francisco.

A popular resource site for open source developers is preparing for a major contribution from Microsoft, internetnews.com has learned. SourceForge.net Director Pat McGovern said Microsoft is in discussions with OSDN (Open Source Development Network) and is planning on submitting an unidentified amount of software code. It would be Microsoft's third collaboration project with the subsidiary of VA Software (Quote, Chart). Previously, Microsoft donated parts of its Windows Installer Software and a C++ Template Library.

Representatives with Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft were not available for comment, but sources close to the deal say that, like its other contributions, the new code will fall under an open source initiative license (OSI), and more than likely as a common public license (CPL). More details are expected during next month's Linux World show in San Francisco. "We would have said something sooner, but the timing of this hadn't matured yet," McGovern said. "Ultimately, we provide 82,000 different projects, and Microsoft is just using our services."

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