Microsoft may have helped its status with the open-source community by reiterating its pledge to deliver $100,000 to the Apache Software Foundation over the next few years.
has again committed to its pledge to deliver $100,000 to the Apache Software Foundation
over the next
couple of years.
initially announced its plans to commit $100,000 a year to ASF
in 2008 at
OSCON (the O'Reilly Open Source Convention). This time, the software giant
announced the recommitment of its contribution at the ApacheCon
conference in Oakland,
Calif. The ASF is celebrating its 10th
Over the past few years, Microsoft has steadily increased its participation
with and contribution to the open-source community. For instance, at the recent
EclipseCon Europe conference, Microsoft
announced plans to make Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 more available to
In a statement, Microsoft said: "We're happy to share another milestone
in our work with open-source communities: renewing our commitment to the Apache
Software Foundation. Microsoft is recommitting $100,000 over the next couple of
years to support the mission and work of the Apache Software Foundation."
In a post on Microsoft's
Port 25 open-source community blog,
Peter Galli, Microsoft's senior
open-source community manager, interviewed Justin Erenkrantz, president of the ASF.
Responding to a question from Galli regarding why Microsoft's participation
with ASF is important, Erenkrantz said:
"As you know, last year Microsoft
announced its Platinum Sponsorship of the ASF, which it continued this year. While we are
delighted to have Microsoft's financial support as a sponsor of the Foundation,
I think the more important aspect of Microsoft's relationship is that they are
now contributing to a variety of Apache projects.
"Since we announced the
sponsorship last year, Microsoft is now contributing to at least four Apache
projects: HBase, Stonehenge, QPid, and POI. This really continues the significant sea
change from within the organization-Microsoft
now isn't afraid of having their employees contribute to Apache projects on
Microsoft's time. Committers from Microsoft sign the same legal agreements that
we require from all of our contributors."