“One of the great pleasures I experienced at last week’s Open
World Forum in Paris was to see Simon Phipps unbound.
“After 10 years at Sun, half of them as the company’s chief
voice on open source, he was one of the first out the door when
Oracle’s tentacles closed in. This has liberated him to say what he
feels, rather than just what he is allowed to say. It has given him
the fire of a good Baptist preacher.
“”It’s easy to forget the thing that got you started. It’s easy
to forget in open source it started with principles, with liberty,
equality and community.” Of course Phipps used the French for these
concepts – liberte, egalite, fraternite. This got him a big