"In a recent weblog I highlighted Sun's odd status in the
industry's evolution to free software. I pointed out there that Sun
has a verbally ambivalent and even fearful attitude toward free
software, and that they still take strong actions in support of it,
including their heavy investment in GNOME and their choice to
release the overwhelming bulk of StarOffice as the open source
"You can't always get the best information about a trend by
scrutinizing the statements of a corporate executive; like
politicians, executives sometimes have to say one thing while doing
another. Sometimes they have to take a step in one direction in
order to balance a more significant step in the opposite direction.
I believe Sun is wedded to proprietary software and will lag behind
many other companies in adopting free software, but they can still
make significant steps toward the latter..."