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[5]: The New World
by binarycrusader on Mon 30th Jun 2008 19:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The New World"
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The value in software isn't the zeros and ones, it is in the all the things that surround it. Software make a piece of hardware useful, services have to be sold onto of software to make it useful in large companies. To say that software in and of itself is profitable simply ignores how a software business operates.

No, actually, there is a *lot* of value in those bits.

As someone else told me recently, "Hardware without software just generates heat."

If the bits weren't valuable, we wouldn't have holy wars over which license they fall under.

If the bits weren't valuable, companies wouldn't go to court over their usage.

If the bits weren't valuable, the GNU movement wouldn't exist.

Software gives hardware a purpose, and the right bits can make all the difference in the world.

Just ask any technology enthusiast about which bits they'd rather use:

Apple OS X Bits, Linux Bits, or Windows bits.

The bits do matter.

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