"It's official: Microsoft will not accept any external code contributions to its planned Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), which will run Microsoft's new scripting languages for the web and Silverlight content on .NET"Today, IronRuby accepts contributions to the libraries, and will open up entirely after the DLR becomes 1.0. IronPython does not accept contributions, though in the future it will have the same fate as IronRuby. Now that the line between the languages and the DLR is a bit clearer, we've decided to let people know now that there are definitely no plans to accept contributions. Why no contributions?
Microsoft cares more about IP getting in that IP getting out. Projects Microsoft wants to monetize, like Visual Studio, need to be more closed off to protect the IP. However, other projects that don't have any monetization plans, like IronRuby, Ajax Control Toolkit, etc, can be more lenient and eventually can become open-source.
Why? Because the openness does benefit those projects:
"Closing off the DLR will potentially prevent unwanted and unaccounted IP from creeping into the code. [snip] The company could have left itself, and customers, open to IP claims from disgruntled code authors. [snip] Also, Microsoft does not want code that's distributed under copyleft licenses, such as GPL, creeping in. [snip] A copyleft license would compel Microsoft to ship the product source code and contribute changes back to the community. This is not a typical business model for Microsoft."
So, this leads to the conclusion that the DLR is closing down because we want to monetize it? Not quite, but ...
"Microsoft will, though, continue to accept source-code contributions to its slowly emerging implementation of Ruby for .NET, IronRuby. Contributions are helping to build IronRuby and shepherd the language towards the first-full release."
"Microsoft is keeping the DLR closed because it will go into the next version of the .NET Framework, expected around the same time as Visual Studio 10. Microsoft had committed to release DLR 1.0 by the end of 2008."Again, The DLR will 1.0 EOY 2008 and will stay Ms-Pl. The DLR is a bunch of services and tools for implementing languages with dynamic features on .NET. However, only the language/compiler services of the DLR will move into the .NET Framework in Visual Studio 10. The rest will still be distributed by languages/frameworks that want to use them. We're openly making this distinction today though; everywhere the DLR ships you will find two Microsoft.Scripting namespaces; Microsoft.Scripting and Microsoft.Scripting.Core. Microsoft.Scripting.Core is what we're staging for moving into the framework. I say staging because what's in that namespace isn't final, so it could change. The comments are also fun, but when are The Register comments not? =) I hope that cleared up any confusion; please let me know if you have any other questions.