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Interview with Simon Phipps

May 08, 2007, 16:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"GM: What was the state of the open-source activity at Sun when you joined?

"SP: I regard Sun as the original open-source startup company. It's the first long-lived company I can think of that used open source as the basis of a business model. If you look back down Sun's history, through the decades, you see that Sun kept on working openly with communities around software and hardware. It did it with NFS, it did with TCP/IP, it did with Java, and it's continuing to do it now with OpenSolaris and the rest of the portfolio. So, in one sense, there was always and there remains a very, very strong open software ethos at Sun..."

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