It seems like only yesterday that Microsoft’s Bill Hilf was calling for calm on Port 25, a Web site the guys in Redmond set up to give readers a look inside the Microsoft Open Source Software Lab. Why was Hilf calling for calm? Why, it was because open source advocates had stormed the message boards with skeptical posts regarding Microsoft’s intentions. Anonymous commenting privileges were promptly turned off.
But Port 25 is still ticking, and Hilf was beating the drum of success today:
When we started Port25 a year ago we certainly had no idea how it would turn out. The process of creating, launching, and evolving Port25, I believe, has many similarities to an OSS project: small group of motivated individuals, loosely coupled development model, organic growth, and meritocratic guidance and leadership. These things helped us quite a bit as we broke some new ground for Microsoft and I’m proud of where we are at one year in.
The site was established to promote openness at Microsoft and serve as a point of contact for users and MS developers. Maybe it’s working, but the MS-Novell patent deal and other patent related issues tell me there’s more work to be done before we see Linus Torvalds raising a glass with Steve Ballmer. Did I just make anyone shudder?