[IPython-dev] [numfocus] Microsoft donates $100, 000 to IPython via NumFOCUS

Fernando Perez fperez.net at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 02:34:59 EDT 2013

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM, Nicolas Pettiaux <nicolas at pettiaux.be>wrote:

> Congratulation to all. This is a very very good news.
> I would like to know and understand which are the main reasons that have
> driven such a support by Microsoft, not a company that I would have
> qualified as a free software lover and suppoter ;-)

Microsoft is a very large company, and in recent years they've been
building relations with various parts of the open source community. As
indicated in our brief note:


our collaboration with MS dates back several years and has been extremely
productive. Before it had consisted mostly of technical discussions that
led to their Python Tools for Visual Studio (http://pytools.codeplex.com/,
which is BTW fully open source) and some small consulting efforts.  But as
described here by Shahrokh:


the PTVS team's interactions with MS Research led to them being interested
in stronger support.

> Being recognized at the same time by the Free Software Foundation (ok,
> they rewarded the man, Fernando Perez who created and drives the free
> software project and code) and by Microsoft, is quite an achievement !

Thanks, but like everything in both IPython and the larger scientific
Python ecosystem, it's all about a long, sustained team effort.


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