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[4]: What is openness?
by phoehne on Tue 19th Jun 2007 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What is openness?"
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It depends on the market. For SATA adapters - that's true. They sell many more to DELL and HP than they do to Sun (or Apple that only pushes about 1.5 million boxes a quarter). When you start looking at more specialized chips - like Fibre Channel chipsets for their Sparc line (endian difference) - the market often gets more rarified. And in some cases, the chip sets are customizations of their existing chips, so they are semi-custom or at least not-standard.

Let me rephrase myself. When Sun is choosing a vendor for chips, it should given preference to vendors that will open-source drivers. Thereby encouraging vendors to open-source their drivers.

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