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NewsForge: Sun Explains Open Source at EclipseCon

Feb 06, 2004, 17:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Simon Phipps, formerly an IBM employee and for the last two years Chief Technology Evangelist for Sun Microsystems, gave his EclipseCon keynote address Thursday. As you might expect, he took exception to a couple of remarks from Wednesday morning's keynoter, Michael Tiemann of Red Hat. Phipps's talk was on 'The Business of Open Source.' It was interesting, almost a through-the-looking-glass experience, to hear a suit from Sun stand on a stage and try to explain open source to an audience of mostly proprietary developers. It should be noted that the ballroom where the keynote was given was not far from Disney's Fantasyland.

"Phipps credited the Internet for creating the massively connected world required for open source to flourish. He quoted Bob Metcalfe on the importance of networks being dependent on the number of connections it makes rather than on the number of nodes. Metcalfe, you may recall, enjoyed referring to the 'open sores' movement..."

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