"Sun has offered a frank response to the open letter from Eric
S, Raymond, President, Open Source Initiative, in which he called
on Sun to make its Java platform Open Source and described the
company's Open Source strategy as 'spotty' and 'confused.'
"'I'd say this is 100 per cent rant,' Sun's Chief Technology
Evangelist, Simon Phipps told us. 'His simplistic accusations don't
hold water... If this is the way that Open Source treats its
friends, I'd hate to see how it treats its enemies.'
"Raymond's first line of attack was to dispute whether CEO Scott
McNealy's claim that 'the open-source model is our friend,' has any
substance when at the same time Sun is filling the coffers of Linux
litigator SCO through licensing deals and still keeps Java under
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