Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 22:21 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Well, Oracle went from one of those big enterprise-serving companies most of us don't deal with to one of the more hated companies in our little community. Not only did they just sue Google over Android and its use of Java-related technologies, they also just officially killed off OpenSolaris. Solaris will still be open source, but source code will only come after each major release - development will happen behind closed doors.
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RE: pubicly traded - corporate interests
by jabbotts on Sun 15th Aug 2010 00:19 UTC in reply to "pubicly traded"
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Publicly Traded; the primary product is profit for the shareholders, it sells shares not products. The software or goods are simply the tool it happens to use to harvest wallets for the shareholders. It's also a short term mentality; what produces a nice profit spike to make the current management look good before they move on to the next short term project.

Oracle produces shareholder equity, software just happens to be a tool it uses to do so. Microsoft produces shareholder equity, software just happens to be a tool it uses to do so. Sun was in the business of producing shareholder equity using hardware as it's tool. And so on through the list of other publicly traded retail corporations.

Heck, look at Google, we are not the clients, we are the commodity. The clients are the companies that our information and page views are sold to in persuite of profits for the shareholders.

In this case, Oracle's short sighted view is that they can do better without input from the open source developer community. They believe that they can do a better job of finding bugs and such with a budget and and head-count limited team of developers. We'll see if it works out that way or not.

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