Microsoft Web Applications Installer – distributing open source web software (Drupal, DotNetNuke, WordPress, osCommerce and others)
Something new comes from Microsoft: the company could become among the biggest open source software distributors in the world (not from their legal stand-point but it is a step)!
Now, that’s something new for a company known to say that open source movement is a “cancer“. Times are changing, so the words.
Microsoft developed the Web Applications installer software recently to help people get up and running with the most used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server (yes, just Windows, no Linux support, as usual).
You can download the executable from here and install it on your computer. But be aware that you need to have Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 installed on your computer in order to successfully run this software (of course, you have to have IIS web server installed too, have the administrator privileges and at least .NET 2.0 framework).
Beside these requirements you have to have also MySQL database set up on your computer (use official MySQL installer).
The open source software supported so far are DotNetNuke, Drupal, Gallery, Graffiti CMS, osCommerce, phpBB and WordPress (probably more to come in the future). These are written in ASP.NET and PHP.
If you run into problems Microsoft has setup an online forum where you can get some help (this is a beta product).
Good move, Microsoft! If you can’t beat the open source join it !