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Despite anti-Oracle hysteria, firm is an Open Source powerhouse

Jan 03, 2011, 22:08 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, one of the IT industry´s most hard-working firms in the fight for open standards and against the Redmond juggernaut, the Evil Empire of Redmondia. Sun was also one of the most unrecognised firms by FOSS pundits, despite its vast contributions to the open source movement, be it in the form of developers on Sun´s payroll collaborating with FOSS projects -from Gnome to MySQL to to you-name-it, and also when taking into account the hundreds of thousands of lines of proprietary code turned to open source.

"Yet, the Slashdotter crowd always had a reason to pick on Sun Micro because - oh the horror - they also wanted to make a profit with Free Software and OSS, or just because they had a crown jewel, Solaris, that wasn´t released under the GPL as the FOSS mob wished. Many in that crowd also chastised AOL for years, despite that fact that the firm supported Netscape programmers working on and open web standards."

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