"Today is my last day of employment at Sun (well, it became
Oracle on March 1st in the UK but you know what I mean). I am a few
months short of my 10th anniversary there (I joined at JavaOne in
2000) and my 5th anniversary as Chief Open Source Officer. I hope
you’ll forgive a little reminiscence.
"Looking back, we’ve achieved some amazing things.
"Got some of the most important software in the computer
industry released under Free licenses that guarantee software
freedom for people who rely on them, regardless of who owns the
copyrights. Unix, Java, key elements of Linux, the SPARC chip and
much more have been liberated.
"Guided and fed the quiet revolution that has restored
competition to the productivity software market through Open