Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Erstwhile bitter rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems are set to announce that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems will be supported in all of Dell's servers. Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell and Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz plan to make the announcement during a joint appearance at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference today.
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...but the whole idea behind free software is that competition and collaboration aren't mutually exclusive.

Honestly, if that was true, why isn't everything BSD/public domain? The whole point of open source is that you are not a slave to the software maker's will. You have the source code, you can fix bugs, add features, and fork if necessary. I mean, the GPL isn't exactly friendly when it comes to competition and collaboration with other licenses such as BSD style licenses.

Your political analogy is flawed. Open source isn't a democracy. What makes more sense is that there are three or four rouge countries run by dictators. These countries have similar ideas, and would all benefit from trade agreements with each other. Two of these rogue nations have clauses in their trade agreements that say if you use there products in anything, you must give all the information as to how to make it back to them, so they can trade it more. The beauty of this is that they will give you their products for free. The down side is that you have to give your products away for free. These are the nations of CDDL and GPL. Another nation is BSD, they just give you stuff, tell you to give credit where credit is due, and ask you kindly to give back.

the nations of CDDL and GPL are basically the same. The difference between them is that CDDL, do to past relations, a desire to keep it's own culture/products, and the want to be able to give code back to it's sister nation (solaris), does not want to merge with GPL to make a bigger nation. Both sides feel that they should merge, but they can't agree on merging into CDDL or GPL. Mean while BSD thinks that they are both lame because their trade agreements make it impossible for them to ever get anything useful back from these nations.

In the end, these nations would be much more powerful if the combined into one nation, but in doing so it would mean that ideals would have to be compromised. This necessary corruption is seen as distasteful on all sides, because they already know they are right and the others are wrong. In the end they all settle on an alliance to try to fend off the attacks and trade blockades from the rest of the world.

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