Binaries building and hosting for Open Source projects
In Nodejs world, building native binaries for several platforms using node-gyp and wrapping it with nodejs wrapper is getting popular.
Case in hand is node-sass, a wrapper around libsass, which builds and host its binaries on GitHub, which happen to be a not very viable solution. See https://github.com/sass/node-sass/issues/504 and https://github.com/sass/node-sass/issues/535.
It would be nice if Windows Azure team shed some love towards open source community and provide building binaries on multiple platforms (Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, FreeBSD and Mac) and hosting them for free of cost.
On a related note, it would be great if Microsoft consider building a CI system for open source projects, one which integrates with GitHub and Bitbucket, with OS matrix supporting multiple aforementioned platforms. Currently Appveyor supports Windows and TravisCI supports Linux. See http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/6709144-free-ci-system-for-open-source-projects-travisci.
Microsoft will be loved by the entire OSS community. :)
Thanks in anticipation.