Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Oct 2010 21:52 UTC
Java "Oracle and IBM today announced that the companies will collaborate to allow developers and customers to build and innovate based on existing Java investments and the OpenJDK reference implementation. Specifically, the companies will collaborate in the OpenJDK community to develop the leading open source Java environment."
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I really liked Johnathon Swartz, the guy that opened everything up.

Yes he opened everything up without a business plan and broke the company. I'm sure all the people that lost their jobs think he is just a swell guy.

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TechGeek Member since:

Sun had problems long before everything got opened up. One did not necessarily cause the other.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

John's plan:

Step 1: Open source everything, pay 1 billion for Mysql.
Step 2: ????
Step 3: Profit

They would have made more money if they took the billions he spent on open source acquisitions and put them in low risk mutual funds.

His plan sunk the company. He even stated early on that having a business model was not important.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I can't always write from everyone's perspective, so I try to stick to my own. I know less about running a company than I do about what makes life easier, more enjoyable and more productive for developers not working for sun. As the other commenter noted, its easy to criticize a failed business and point at a move we disagree with and blame it for the failure.

I'd suspect ( with the previous cavat that I know very little about business), that much like in medicine some treatments will cure a man with one disease that would kill a man with another. But that hardly means the treatment is wrong for every patient.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

Money can be made from open source, Red Hat is the obvious example.

However Red Hat has a clear and working business model which is sell corporate support.

Schwartz didn't know how they would make money by open sourcing OpenOffice or how the company would recoup the 1 billion dollar purchase of MySql. Most software cannot be sold using the support model and Schwartz admitted that he didn't have a business model that supported his actions.

The guy was a douchebag that walked away with millions while a lot of people lost their jobs. Don't defend his incompetence just because he open sourced a lot of software.

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