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From Michael Champion <>
Subject RE: [PROPOSAL] Stonehenge
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:20:11 GMT
I'd also point out that there are free SDKs and Express versions of most of the Microsoft development
tools [1], targeted at non-commercial developers.  See  [2] for a neutral discussion of what
has been left out of the Express editions.

So, while these tools are not open source, there are no barriers that I know of against using
them to build and test open source software.

[1] (Designed for, but usable without Silverlight)

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Fremantle []
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: [PROPOSAL] Stonehenge

> 3. payment for development tools to contribute to the project may
> prove a barrier to new contributions. apache has always used open
> source build and test tools. this allows anyone with energy to dive in
> and contribute. i would hope that there would be no barriers to
> supporting open source build and test environments if volunteers
> stepped up to create and maintain them.

I believe that Microsoft already makes all the requirements to build
and test the .NET code available to Apache Committers via the MSDN
subscriptions it offers. So that is at least a help, if not the final

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