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DotNetNuke Creator Joins New Microsoft Funded CodePlex Foundation

Shaun Walker Lends Extensive Open Source Expertise to Foundation

DotNetNuke Corp.has 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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