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internetnews.com: Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer, Sun

Feb 17, 2007, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Q: There are lots of things going on with open source at Sun. What is your specific goal with open source? Do you have a particular mandate that you're trying to achieve in 2007?

"I believe we're in the middle of a transition in society that is being caused by the popularization of the Internet. It is shifting society from a hub-and-spoke topology to a mesh topology.

"When I look at Sun, its past, current and future business, it struck me that it was very important for Sun to prepare for the mesh topology for what Jonathan Schwartz calls the participation age. Instead of taking what is given to you and all the information being given out from the hub to the grateful spokes, what actually happens is people participate across the mesh..."

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