DotNetNuke moves to Microsoft's CodePlex: Sell-out or prophet?

This is the first move by a high-profile open-source project to Microsoft's open-source code hosting site. I suspect this signals the open-source community's gradual thaw when it comes to Microsoft.

As Microsoft's Peter Galli recently noted, the open-source Web content management project DotNetNuke has moved to Microsoft's CodePlex, citing CodePlex's "reliable and dependable infrastructure, cleanest user experience, most advanced project administration tools, and highest commitment to future innovation" as its rationale.

This is the first move by a high-profile open-source project to Microsoft's open-source code hosting site. Is it a one-off example of a sell-out, or a harbinger of more movement to Microsoft's open-source site?

It's too soon to tell, but I suspect this move signals the open-source community's gradual thaw when it comes to Microsoft. Microsoft is by no means clear of suspicion, as a recent Boycott Novell post suggests, but its open-source group, at any rate, has welcomed the open-source community with open arms and open minds.

Watch this space. I think we'll see more movement of Microsoft-friendly open-source projects to CodePlex. Given that an increasing number of open-source projects fit this bill, that may well mean CodePlex is the next Google Code, and perhaps an eventual challenger to Sourceforge.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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