Our mission here at OpenLogic is to promote healthy open source growth and adoption in enterprises, and it is very important to us for these endeavors to respect the open source communities. It has been about a year since we started collaborating with Microsoft to provide the CentOS image for Windows Azure. During that time, there have been the expected conversations concerning Microsoft and its relationship with open source. In a previous article, Microsoft Embracing Openness with Windows Azure, I shared my thoughts about how the Windows Azure teams were embracing open source. Now, let's look at how things stand since Windows Azure has reached General Availability.1
To coincide with Microsoft’s recent announcement of the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services 1, OpenLogic provides certified and supported CentOS Images on the Windows Azure Platform through an ecosystem of partners.
Today’s article considers some of the similarities, and differences, between community versions and enterprise versions of open source software. Mature open source usually comes from one of two sources of global communities: 1) communities like the Apache Software Foundation that are not directly affiliated with a specific corporate entity, or 2) commercial and open source software companies.
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