Last week Microsoft launched the CodePlex Foundation, a non-profit foundation created with the goal of bringing the open source and software development communities closer together to increase participation on open source projects. Novell Vice President of Developer Platforms and Mono Project founder Miguel de Icaza is an interim board member of the new foundation (see Miguel's comments here).
Novell is pleased to have Miguel serve on the board of CodePlex. We believe this foundation is a move in the right direction from Microsoft as encouraging contributions is good for the open source community. We applaud Microsoft for showing a willingness to engage with the open source community, something we have encouraged as a supporter of open source technology and Microsoft partner through our interoperability agreement.