Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sun: We screwed up on open source

Many open-source developers remain sceptical as regards Sun, because their memories of the company focus on its interactions with the community in 2001-02.

Sun's chief open-source officer, Simon Phipps, now concedes that was a period in which Sun "screwed up".

Speaking in a recent interview with sister site Builder AU, Phipps explained the situation in which Sun finds itself: "Open-source developers have been much more sceptical of Sun; a lot of open-source developers don't remember the fact that Sun was pretty much the first open-source start-up, in 1982."

"All they can remember is what happened in 2001-02 when, to be quite frank with you, we screwed up. We alienated a large group of open-source developers by the attitudes we had of the community back then," said Phipps.

In order to remedy the alienation, Phipps said Sun is "leading by changing behaviour, rather than by just saying good words".

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