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ZDNet: Jonathan Schwartz: Go Free and Open Source or Fade Away

Jan 20, 2006, 21:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

"I was supposed to catch up with Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz at the SDForum event, 'The Future of Commercial Open Source Think Tank,' but he was a no-show. He was prepping for a Sun board meeting according to Sun people I ran into at the event. I did have a brief call with him this morning on the subject of Sun's open source strategy. Sun is planning to open source all of its software, and Schwartz contends that the technology world will boil down to two camps--closed source (Microsoft) and open source. 'Anyone serious about interoperability can't possibly resist the inevitability that all software binary distributions will be free or subsidized,' Schwartz said. 'It's fighting gravity.'

"Schwartz told me that tech companies are becoming more like media companies..."

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