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The Immortality of Open Source Projects

Jun 24, 2010, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"Think of Sun Microsystems, and what comes to your mind?

"For me? Purple workstations--my first exposure to Sun equipment.

"For others, it might be Solaris. Or Java. There's a host of things Sun was well-known for before it was acquired by Oracle last year and systematically dismantled to fit within the Oracle ecosystem.

"But I'll bet middleware was not one of the things you initially recalled. But it's some of Sun-now-Oracle's cast-off middleware that may prove to be a huge business for a burgeoning new community, led by some former Sun employees.

"The company is ForgeRock, which made a small splash in the open source scene when it started up this February in Norway, led by Lasse Andresen, former Central & Northern Europe CTO at Sun. The ForgeRock team was later joined by Simon Phipps, former Sun Open Source Officer, member of the Open Source Initiative's Board of Directors, and (now) Chief Strategy Officer at ForgeRock."

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