At the OSCON open source software convention, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) got an unexpected new sponsor: Microsoft. The Redmond software giant, which will contribute $100,000 annually to the ASF, joins Google and Yahoo as a platinum sponsor of Apache development.
The ASF is a nonprofit group that exerts loose organizational guidance role over a sprawling ecosystem of autonomously managed software projects, including the Apache web server and a host of libraries, frameworks, toolkits, and programs. The culture of the ASF is built upon what they call the “Apache Way,” a philosophy of consensus-based collaborative stewardship and volunteerism.
Microsoft's Sam Ramji comments on the new partnership with the ASF and some other open source announcements in a blog entry.
Source:→ Ars Technica