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Microsoft Releases Its Deep Learning Toolkit On GitHub (microsoft.com) 53

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is moving its machine learning Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) from its own hosting site, CodePlex, to GitHub. They're also putting it under the MIT open source license. The move marks an effort to make it easier for developers to collaborate on building their own deep learning applications using the CNTK. Under the CodePlex license, access was restricted to academics only, and it was wholly targeted to that audience. Now that it's opening the project to everyone, Microsoft hopes to attract a greater number of developers, and a wider variety as well. This follows similar releases from Google and Baidu.
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Microsoft Releases Its Deep Learning Toolkit On GitHub

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  • Read this as Microsoft releases big learning rootkit?

    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      One always needs to beware of that, especially from MS. I'd need to check, does the MIT license protect you against patent infringement suits based around the released code? If not, then I'd suspect a trap, even if not a rootkit.

  • More developers? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by darthsilun ( 3993753 )

    ..., Microsoft hopes to attract a greater number of developers, and a wider variety as well.

    Good luck. I've worked – professionally, both directly and indirectly – on a couple different open source projects. They all had (and still have) lots of users.
    But growing the list of active developers from outside the core cadre of devs? Next to impossible.
    If they're open sourcing it to get more active development, I expect they've got a tough row to hoe.
    I'm more inclined to think they're just not funding development and this is a desperation move.

    • by SethJohnson ( 112166 ) on Monday January 25, 2016 @03:17PM (#51367919) Homepage Journal

      If they're open sourcing it to get more active development, I expect they've got a tough row to hoe.

      I don't think they're putting the source code out there so people will improve these libraries. They've got the payroll to hire armies of people to work on this. I suspect Microsoft wants to see greater adoption of this code by seeding an ecosystem of projects that are utilizing it. Kind of like how they've posted Windows 10 iOT for free. Different, though, because it's not open source, but they want people to use it so their platform stays relevant in a quickly evolving technological landscape.

  • I though their Deep Learning Toolkit was named Windows 10 - wait, who's learning what?

  • If MS wants to target a non-academic audience, this will live or die on the quality of the toolkit samples.

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