Microsoft is selling open source on Windows Marketplace

Microsoft is "selling" free software. Who would have thought?

Windows Marketplace is a bit like the Red Hat Exchange: it's a place to learn about, download, and try applications that run on Windows. It's a Microsoft site that aims to increase use of Windows.

It's not, however, limited to Microsoft and its proprietary friends, as this picture shows:

You can find MySQL on the site, but good luck trying to track down OpenOffice, Alfresco, SugarCRM, or most other open-source projects. Still, the Marketplace is limited to applications that the vendors themselves put on the site, so it's not Microsoft's fault they're missing.

Here I'm allowed everything all of the time, sings Thom. Including open source. On Windows. Who would have thought?


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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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