This could be a move by MS to mend some very old wounds. Could also send the message that their Open Source efforts are in the full spirit of Open Source and not just a select finite linear set of data points to check off the "see we do open source" box.
This is a good idea if the key decision makers can be objective enough.
This has my vote too.
Nicely done Microsoft. Thanks!
Here we are in well into 2016 and there seems to be no end to VB6 mania!
Build it and they will come...
>> The fact that MS is now making the Community version of VisualStudio is GREAT.
Because of the registration constraints it is not truly Open Source or full fledged CE. This can easily be fixed if MS simply adopt the industry's "de facto" Open Source standards rather than force users to conform to the MS vision of Open Source\CE.
This is a positive request though. It may nudge MS to be a true Open Source contributor. :-)