"Sun's chief open source officer, Simon Phipps, has published
more details about Sun's $1m Open Source Innovation Award, which is
especially worth mentioning as it addresses some of the questions I
raised last week about whether prizes are the right model for
"'If the idea is truly innovative, would it not find its way to
to the development tree without the promise of financial reward?
Previous surveys have indicated that personal gratification and
improved skills are greater motivations for open source developers
than direct financial returns. And where are the rewards for those
developers doing the important but less attractive grunt work?' I
wrote at the time..."