Posted by: commonsresource | April 29, 2010

MicrOSoft pt. 8 – Joomla! Contributor Agreement signed

There was a post by Sam Moffatt on the Joomla! site earlier this week entitled Microsoft signs the Joomla! Contributor Agreement.   I particularly like the second paragraph in Sam’s post set out below:

It has taken me a while to write this post, as I’m not even sure what I want to put in – beyond my profound excitement. Yes, it’s a big deal to have a major company contributing to the codebase. And yes, the fact that it’s Microsoft contributing to a GPL project is big news. But, in a lot of ways this is just part of a natural progression related to a lot of work that has been going on for a long time with Joomla!. More important, really, is what this means for how people can use Joomla!.

I find the comments on Sam’s post equally interesting.  As you might expect, they cover the full range from the overt hostility, to ambivalence, to open embrace. I am reminded of the time that a convicted murderer, with my father-in-law as his community escort, stayed at our house on an overnight pass from prison to visit with his brother in our city. While many of my peers reacted in horror when they heard, all of us, including our guest, had a very good nights sleep.

While Microsoft does carry a number of serious black marks on its open source software record, I think that the company truly deserves a second chance and is making a number of significant steps in the right direction. I, for one, celebrate this Joomla! development and I certainly won’t be losing any sleep over it!


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  1. […] less aware of is that our villains sometimes have powerful redeeming qualities. As I wrote in my MicrOSoft pt. 8 – Joomla! Contributor Agreement signed post back in late […]


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