The CodePlex Foundation adds open-source luminaries and Microsoft techies to its permanent Board of Directors.
The CodePlex Foundation
the expansion of its Board of Directors.
The CodePlex Foundation describes itself as "a not-for-profit
foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and
understanding among software companies and open-source communities." In
essence, the group was spun out of Microsoft to progress on a mission of
supporting open-source software that runs on Microsoft platforms. On March 9,
the organization "announced the appointment of four members to its
permanent Board of Directors." The announcement continued:
"New appointees include Jim
Jagielski, Chief Architect at SpringSource,
a division of VMware, Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Apache Software
Foundation and an Advisory Board Member at Open Source Software Institute,
and Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of External Research for Microsoft
Continuing on the Board as permanent
Directors are interim Board members Sam Ramji, Vice President of Sonoa Systems, and Stephanie Davies
Boesch, Director of Program Management of .NET Framework, Microsoft."
"As a scientist and academic, I have had experience using open source
and making it work," Microsoft's Hey said in a statement. "The
CodePlex Foundation provides a structure that will help to ensure that open-source
projects are widely available, supported by a dedicated team and complete with
specifications, documentation and testing. I am honored to be a part of the
Board of Directors of the CodePlex Foundation, where I can use the experiences
gained as a founder of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK
to ensure that the different communities served by the CodePlex Foundation are
Meanwhile, CodePlex said, "Departing from the interim CodePlex Board
are Miguel de Icaza, vice president [at] Novell
Shaun Walker, co-founder and chief architect of DotNetNuke Corporation
; Bill Staples,
general manager of the Web Platform and Tools Engineering Groups [at] Microsoft;
and D. Britton Johnston, [head of] SQL Server Appliance Engineering [at]
Microsoft. Outgoing board members will continue to work with the CodePlex
Foundation on the Board of Advisors." The announcement continued:
"The permanent CodePlex
Foundation Board will have five members, two drawn from launch sponsor
Microsoft and three chosen from the open source and corporate development
communities. The fifth permanent board seat will remain open while the
Foundation continues discussions with potential corporate sponsors."
"As a leading figure in the FOSS [free and open source] community, I am
excited to join the CodePlex Foundation," Jagielski said in a statement.
"CodePlex has a unique opportunity to further increase the importance and acceptance
of open source, especially within environments which have, up to now, been
resistant to it. As the CodePlex Foundation continues to mature and evolve,
being in the position to be able to help guide and foster the Foundation as a
director is a huge honor."
"We have made significant strides in assembling an excellent permanent
board with strength in open-source issues, commercial software development and
not-for-profit foundation leadership," Paula
Hunter, executive director of the CodePlex Foundation,
said in a statement.
"Each of our directors brings a distinct point of view and the rich
diversity of experience necessary for the foundation to achieve its mission of
bringing together open-source and corporate developers and communities."