Microsoft and Open source, At Least They’re Trying


When Microsoft announced NuPack you would have thought they open sourced .Net and cured cancer in one fell swoop. Every softie with a blog (Hansleman, Haack, Guthrie) made an announcement. Their blog were equal parts technical description, and self-loving for being so open and community driven.

But at the end of the day their heart was in the right place. It’s a clever project. It’s open source with the ability to take contributions and they even worked the the Nu guys to see what people were already doing. Microsoft really has evolved.

Turns out they’re renaming NuPack because someone else has already taken the name.

**Face Palm**

NUPACK is already the name of a software package to analyze nucleic acids by those smartypants at Caltech. But in all fairness, it’s not like they were easy to find. I mean, they didn’t even have a website. Oh wait…

**Double Face Palm**

But they’re remedying the situation as best as they can. You can now vote for a new name at the Codeplex issues list. I like NFetch, and it’s running away with the vote. But a little disapointed to see no ‘Nu-‘ options.

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