Ford also cited the issue of "drive-by contributors," who contribute some code to a project and then quickly disappear. "[For] the project owners, it becomes a burden," since they do not know the contributor or how to contact them," said Ford.
Also during the session, de Icaza downplayed concerns about Oracle owning Java via its planned acquisition of Java founder Sun Microsystems.
"It doesn't matter," de Icaza said. Java is not like .Net, which is specifically owned by Microsoft, he said.
"Sun has stated that all these patents are free for anyone to use," and Java technology is available under the GNU General Public License, de Icaza added.
Java is now "the property of the human race," said de Icaza. "It belongs to everyone."
In another Microsoft-related open source development, the Microsoft-backed CodePlex Foundation, which is separate from the CodePlex project site but also pertains to open source projects, announced this week that it has formed its first foundation project gallery.
The foundation's ASP.Net Open Source Gallery was unveiled with the Microsoft-developed ASP.Net Ajax Library project serving as the first project in the gallery. The ASP.Net Ajax Library consolidates ASP.Net Ajax and the Ajax Control Toolkit into a single open source project, the foundation said. The toolkit and AJAX libraries make it easy for developers to use the AJAX programming model in Web sites and applications, according to the foundation.
The ASP.Net Ajax Library project will be released under a BSD license.