Open source projects are planned, developed and maintained often using accessible Revision Control systems (e.g. Bazaar, CVS, Git, Mercurial or SVN), Collaboration (blogs, forums, IRC channels, mailing-lists and wikis) and Tracking Systems (e.g. bugzilla, GNATS, OTRS, trac). Despite going through them all can be time-consuming, those are the primary source of information to know more about an open source project.
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The mission of the CodePlex Foundation – enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities – could be a roaring success. But in order to create an open, neutral and business friendly environment first some work has to be done.
Even if numbers are not impressive compared with Google code – becoming home to over 80.000 projects in half the time – it is definitely a measure of how seriously Microsoft is taking its open source strategy.
Italian and international speakers provided the audience with an insight into how to effectively deploy open source software in a significant way.