Sun’s open source legacy – Code and compromises

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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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