Linked by Drumhellar on Sat 5th Apr 2014 11:08 UTC
.NET (dotGNU too)

At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it was open sourcing a wide array of its .NET libraries and related technologies and creating a group, the .NET Foundation, to oversee the development and stewardship of the open source components.

Perhaps the highlight of the announcement today was that the company will be releasing its Roslyn compiler stack as open source under the Apache 2.0 license. Roslyn includes a C# and Visual Basic.NET compiler, offering what Microsoft calls a "compiler as a service".

This is more than just a code dump - Microsoft is launching the .NET Foundation, with representatives from Microsoft, GitHub, and Xamarin, among others, to act as stewards for the various related open source projects.

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by BeamishBoy on Sat 5th Apr 2014 13:31 UTC
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This is a few days old now but it's still genuinely staggering news, especially the open-sourcing of Roslyn under the Apache 2.0 license. The announcement that MS is also opening up F# to community contributions is great news as well.

Edited 2014-04-05 13:32 UTC

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