Home > Microsoft > Microsoft’s Shared Source Contest Microsoft’s Shared Source Contest Submitted by anonymous 2006-05-24 Microsoft 8 Comments Microsoft is sponsoring a contest that challenges developers to use Windows CE Shared Source in a real-world project, and offers Xbox 360 game console prizes. The grand prize includes the Xbox 360 console, a 34-inch HDTV, games, and accessories. About The Author Thom Holwerda Follow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 8 Comments 2006-05-24 5:50 pm Kroc “The grand prize includes the Xbox 360 console, a 34-inch HDTV, games, and accessories.” …and all rights to your creation. 2006-05-24 6:39 pm raver31 Why offer the goodies, does Microsoft think people would not join a community just for their love of developing, like in the Linux/BSD/Firefox/OpenOffice worlds ? Or do they think everyone in the world is motivated by greed, therefore they MUST hand over the goodies to get stuff in return ? 2006-05-24 6:55 pm DittoBox There’s plenty of times where prizes or bounties have been put forth for OSS or Free Software developers. Here’s a short list of GreedyB*****d(R)(SM)(TM)(ETC.) projects: http://www.opensourcexperts.com/bountylist.html http://www.mozilla.org/press/mozilla-2005-03-28.html http://code.google.com/soc/ http://www.limewire.org/wiki/index.php?title=Bounties http://www.gnome.org/bounties/ Look at those people “motivated by greed”. 2006-05-24 11:09 pm captain_knobjockey what he was saying was that 99% of open source developers do it for FUN, not for gain 2006-05-25 12:13 am tomcat Sheez … if Microsoft hadn’t offered anything, you’d probably be complaining that a “rich, greedy company wanted to sweat poor programmers for its own profit…” Point is: For some people, MS can’t do anything right. Even if it does the right thing. 2006-05-25 1:02 pm Wrawrat It’s just ironic that they have launched a new service (Codeplex) and now sponsoring a contest based on open source software after they claimed it was unreliable and undependable. Perhaps OSS isn’t that bad, after all. Otherwise, why would they bother? 2006-05-24 8:05 pm IgorKH First giving prizes to employees who work on Vista afterhoures, and now Microsoft is pretty much paying (or promising to pay) external developers to work with its platform. 2006-05-25 12:15 am tomcat And what’s wrong with rewarding people with tangible prizes if/when they contribute? Are GNU/OSS folks so worried that it will distract developers from their platform?