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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RE: What is openness?
by binarycrusader on Tue 19th Jun 2007 16:39 UTC in reply to "What is openness?"
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No, Sun should buy the best hardware that meets the requirements of their customers at a price and performance level that meets their needs.

Sometimes this means choosing hardware that doesn't have open specifications but is significantly cheaper or better than available alternatives.

Forcing the choice of open hardware is only practical when that qualifier is more important to customers than any other.

If I have to choose between:

* $500 for a slow video card but has open source drivers

* $100 for an ultra fast video card but no open source drivers

I'm going to choose the second option every time because "perceived freedom" is not worth the difference in price.

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