Google has affirmed its support of Open source projects by making a small portion of its cash reserves available to such projects for funding. The company has announced a $350,000 contribution to a joint open source initiative between Oregon State University and Portland State University. The goal is to encourage open source software and hardware development.

'We're extremely excited about the Oregon university open source initiative and thankful for Google's generous support,' said the state governor, Ted Kulongoski. 'This initiative will help our universities build on their leadership role in fostering the next generation of open source technologies, projects and experts in Oregon and around the world.'