SOURCE: DotNetNuke

DotNetNuke

September 11, 2009 10:29 ET

DotNetNuke Creator, Shaun Walker, Joins New Microsoft Funded CodePlex Foundation

Walker Lends Extensive Open Source Expertise to Foundation, Created to Bring Together Software Companies and Open Source Communities

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2009) - DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind the most widely adopted web content management system (CMS) and application development framework for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET, today announced that Shaun Walker, Co-Founder and Chief Architect, has joined the CodePlex Foundation interim Board of Directors. Publicly announced on September 10, 2009, the CodePlex Foundation was created to enable the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities. With his extensive professional experience implementing large-scale open source software solutions for private and public organizations, and his commitment to DotNetNuke, the most successful open source community project on the Microsoft platform, Walker will bring a unique, practical open source perspective to the board.

News Highlights

--  Due to differing views on development methodology and intellectual
    property, software developers often under-participate in open source
    projects. The CodePlex Foundation was created to address these critical
    challenges, complement existing open source foundations, and create a
    positive dialogue between software companies and open source developers
    engaging in open source projects.
--  The CodePlex Foundation, founded and funded by Microsoft, was named
    after the company's open source project hosting web site "CodePlex." The
    Foundation, which received $1 million from Microsoft, will remain license-
    and project-agnostic, enabling the neutral exchange of code and knowledge
    between software companies and open source communities. The licensing
    agreements and the processes that Foundation members have pioneered will be
    made available to the community at large and will be instrumental to
    software companies looking for a way to contribute to open source projects.
--  Sam Ramji will serve as interim President of the Foundation and will
    be supported by an interim Board of Directors that includes Shaun Walker,
    Co-Founder and Chief Architect of DotNetNuke Corporation; Bill Staples,
    General Manager of Microsoft Corporation's Web Platform and Tools
    Engineering Teams; Stephanie Boesch, Director of Program Management at
    Microsoft Corporation; Britt Johnston, Microsoft SQL Business Product Unit
    Manager; and Miguel de Icaza, Vice President of Developer Platform at
    Novell Inc.
    

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Shaun Walker's Blog

CodePlex FAQ

CodePlex Mission & Governance Statement

CodePlex Participation Opportunities

Quotes

Shaun Walker, Co-Founder and Chief Architect of DotNetNuke Corp.:

"The CodePlex Foundation's mission to enable the exchange of code and knowledge between software companies and open source communities and drive better understanding between these two groups is vital for the future growth and success of the open source movement. I look forward to joining the distinguished group of software experts on the Board to foster better collaboration and knowledge sharing between these ecosystems."

Sam Ramji, Senior Director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft, President, CodePlex Foundation:

"Today, software developers under-participate in open source projects, often due to cultural differences between software companies and open source communities or differing views on software development methodology and intellectual property. The CodePlex Foundation was designed to foster more collaboration between these groups and I look forward to working with Shaun to help change practices where it makes sense to do so, and foster greater shared understanding between these stakeholders."

About DotNetNuke Corp.

DotNetNuke Corp. is the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted web content management system (CMS) and application development framework for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET. Organizations use DotNetNuke to quickly develop and deploy interactive and dynamic web sites, intranets, extranets and web applications. The DotNetNuke framework is available in both a free Community and a subscription based Professional Edition. DotNetNuke Corp. also operates Snowcovered.com where users purchase third party software modules and skins. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures and August Capital, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For additional information, visit www.dotnetnuke.com.

About the CodePlex Foundation

The CodePlex Foundation is a non-profit foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities.

DotNetNuke® and DNN® are registered trademarks of DNN Corp. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.

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