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Sun's open source legacy - Code and compromises

Jan 25, 2011, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete

"The aftermath of Oracle's purchase of Sun and the subsequent forking of a number of open source projects, has highlighted the necessity to protect the integrity of the commons and to keep commercially sponsored open source projects honest, and true to the principles of free and open source software.

"When asked in 2006 if open source was going to be disruptive to Oracle's business, Larry Ellison told the Financial Times: "No. If an open source product gets good enough, we'll simply take it." The choice of phrase, if not the context, tells its own story."

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