Helping fund OSS
My hat off to Jeff Atwood for offering to help fund (matched by Microsoft no less) OSS. Each project has its own costs, often met by the folks on the project (including out of my own pocket) so every single cash donation is a great help of keeping those costs down. I would also like to make sure that folks get there money back so please do pass your vote on MbUnit.
A few folks have asked about Frans comment in this post, in particular this.
MS has such a strong focus on controlling the market ontop of its own platform, they're totally not interested in changing the mentallity of mort at all. There are numerous examples out there, nunit and ndoc being two of the most well known. Instead of supporting nunit and mbunit, MS rolls their own unittest runner, incompatible with the open source ones, and hires the mbunit main developer.
No I have no red pill, Frans is of course talking about Peli. Let's not also forgot that Microsoft also hired James Newkirk, who was one of the orginal NUnit developers. Neither Peli nor James are working on MSTest, although Peli is doing some amazing work at MSR in field of testing now there hires were not an attempt to rock the boat but a chance to get great talent. The projects of course continued to grow, with Charlie at NUnit's helm and me at MbUnits, should we no longer do this job (red pill for example) then someone would talk the helm, that is nature of a organic OSS project.