Microsoft's Open Source Trashware

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I recently took a look at Microsoft's most active open-source projects and—there's no polite way to say this—they are all junk.

Quick! Think of some of the most popular open-source programs. I'll bet you thought of at least one of these: Linux, Firefox, Thunderbird and Apache. Now, name some of Microsoft's most active open-source projects.

Dead silence, except, perhaps the sound of a cricket in the distance?

There's a reason why you were able to quickly think of the real open-source programs and you probably haven't got a clue as to what Microsoft is doing. It's because while Microsoft is trying to at least pretend to be a friend to open source and the boys from Redmond are even trying to get the Open Source Initiative for review and approve two new open-source licenses—the Microsoft Permissive and Microsoft Community Licenses—they don't produce any significant open-source software.

Don't believe me? Fine, let's look at the list we made from Microsoft's oldest open-source site.

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