So far the views from Dave, whurley, Matt and others have been negative to handle with caution.

After I heard that Microsoft was releasing the .NET 3.5 source under the Microsoft Research License (i.e. look but don’t touch), I tried to find what .NET users were saying. I found Scott Guthrie’s blog (of MSFT) and after reading 57 of the 85 comments listed, here’s what I found:

49 responded (very) positively to the news
3 responded (very) negatively to the news, specifically because of the MRL
6 were in a language other than English (French, German) or were pingbacks without an opinion

Here are some quotes:

“Fantastic news…next step, user check-ins :-) Kidding, but this is really amazing news!”

“Microsoft is taking one more step to the open community / world.”

“This is going to be SO helpful, esp. in WinForms and ASP.NET. I’ve spent too many hours looking at IL (well, before there were such nice decompilers) trying to figure out things in those frameworks. Thanks!”

It seems that the news is being well received by developers currently in the Microsoft camp. Yes, this is like preaching to the choir, but at least the choir is happy…