Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jun 2008 15:13 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun UK's chief open-source officer, Simon Phipps, has a high-profile role to play as the company is seeking a complete its move to 100 percent open software development. When asked about the criticism over its commitment to open source, Simon re-iterate its commitment with a "Pig and a Chicken" story: "Both animals were asked by the farmer to bring something along for breakfast one morning to show their worth. The chicken turns up with an egg, while the pig turns up with a side of bacon. The farmer looks over the offerings and says: "Well, the chicken has contributed, but the pig is committed."
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RE: To be commended
by madcrow on Sat 28th Jun 2008 03:05 UTC in reply to "To be commended"
madcrow
Member since:
2006-03-13

I think that is a big part of why they have had so much difficulty. It's not just about a change in license, they're actually changing their development model internally so that internal and external users go through the same processes for code contribution and integration.

They've had one quarter of losses (at the height of one of the worst US economic downturns in years) after 5 quarters straight of healthy profits, which just happen to coincide with Sun's emergence as a FOSS powerhouse. Seems to me like their problems have more to do with the fact that there's less money floating around for fancy servers and workstations, rather than anything to do with open source.

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Support SUN because:
by Kebabbert on Sat 28th Jun 2008 10:33 in reply to "RE: To be commended"
Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

Yes, SUN has lost lots of money on this bold move of opening up all their crown jewels and giving it away for free. I am asking, which other large company has opened up ALL their crown jewels and are giving them away? No one.

Ergo: If you want more companies to open up and give away, then support SUN and their painful process. This shows other companies that SUN is doing the right thing and more companies will follow if they see SUN is successfull.





CEO for a big company: "Hey, SUN is giving away everything, and they are successfull! We should do the same thing!"


Or: "Hey, SUN gave away everything and went bankrupt. Giving away everything is a BAD idea. Above all, do not buy other companies (MySQL, VirtualBox, StarOffice, etc) for billions and give away for free."

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RE: Support SUN because:
by sbergman27 on Sat 28th Jun 2008 18:46 in reply to "Support SUN because:"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Giving away everything is a BAD idea.

Last I looked they were not giving away support. Or hardware to run the Free stuff on.

Edited 2008-06-28 18:47 UTC

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