Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2007 10:29 UTC, submitted by binarycrusader
Oracle and SUN Simon Phipps of Sun has responded to the recent criticism of Sun's openness, pointing out that even releasing information that they may already have costs a lot of money. "Jonathan asked me to look into this, to ensure we're pursuing an open path across all of Sun, not simply the software group. We take all input seriously, and we can't solve all problems for all parties, but we're committed to doing our best to faithfully engage with all the communities we serve, in the same spirit as the existing Open Source Ombudsman Scheme. With the support of my team and others in the community I'll try to build a new scheme that is fair and transparent."
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There is no real progress.
by yonderway on Tue 19th Jun 2007 13:40 UTC
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Sun needs to have a fundamental directive to force its openness on its vendors. Don't want to share your documentation with our customers? Then we don't want your chips.

This spirit openness needs to be a pervasive driving force, transforming the Sun work culture at all levels. Sound radical? Of course. Sun has been hurt, badly, by Linux and missed the boat 10 years ago when things were really getting underway. Now that Open Source is a mainstream concept, Sun really has to work 5x as hard to make up for lost time. Or die. It's that simple.

The other thing they need to do is get their lawyers in line. The lawyers at these big companies are like back seat drivers. Sometimes they just need to be told "find a way to make this happen".

Edited 2007-06-19 13:41

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