Check out the new free-as-in-beer CodePlex Foundation, an independent legal entity designed to facilitate contributions to open source projects, both from Microsoft and other software vendors and users.

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Codeplex.com has more than 10,000 free-as-in-beer projects hosted on the site. The CodePlex Foundation is an extension of the CodePlex brand.  The Foundation is aiming to bring open source and commercial software developers together in a place where they can collaborate, independent from the “dotcom” site.