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Questions Summary (for Sun interview) [COMPLETED]

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Ok, here are most of the questions proposed. Before we let Simon answer them, here's a chance for anyone (especially those that were asking) to review them and maybe propose a different order or some slight changes, maybe even additions. When we're done, we can either make edits to this post or if changes are bigger make a new thread and then let Simon answer them in that thread.

So here we go:

1.) Sun seems to have changed a lot recently, with much more interest in Free Open Source Software. Can you tell us something about the changes in philosophy and maybe even business model?

2.) What is the relationship between Sun and free software developers?
(I.e. are we your customers or are we part of the same community working for the same customers?)

3.) If SUN made all it's software libre, you would depend more on your hardware and services to make money - if so what open standards would be used for hardware e.g. using FreeBIOS or another libre BIOS for the BIOS?"

4.) Is there some sort of division within the company between free software/hardware supporters, like the ones that released the new UltraSPARC, and those that support nonfree software, like the JVM developers? Do you think it's like this in other companies (for example HP)?

5.) How do you think does open source hardware compare to free software?

6.) Do you think a GPL'ed Sparc will do the same thing for processors as the "open" IBM PC architecture did for computers? Does Sun intend to become the company that defines the standards?

7.) What makes the big difference for Sun between GPLv2 and GPLv3?

8.) On his blog, Jonathan Schwartz pondered with the idea of releasing Solaris under the GPLv3 license. Are there any firm plans of making this a reality?

8.1.) (only if the above answer is yes) Isn't it a bit risky to already promise to use a license that may still be changed a lot?

9.) Is Sun involved in any way in the development of GPLv3? (maybe sent some suggestions to the FSF? If so, what were those? If not, what would they be?)?

10.) You have stated earlier that Sun may eventually release Java as Free Software. Can you give us a close estimate of when may that happen?

11.) Under which Free Software license will Java be released?

11.) Even though it still appears to be widely used, many have concerns about Java being slow, among some other complaints. Are there any plans of improvement to Java that would address these known concerns?

12.) What kind of relationship do you have with OpenOffice.org project and what are your future OOo related plans?

13.) DRM seems to be generally riding a negative reputation, especially after the whole Sony rootkit fiasco, though content industry is still pushing it and many software companies are cooperating on bringing DRM forth. Where does the DReaM project fit in all this? What is the difference between DReaM and classic DRM implementations and how does DReaM relate to the Free Software and Open Source ideas?

14.) According to Sun, "the network is the computer". Does Sun perceive the possible end of network neutrality as a threat to its business model considering that many small businesses which use Sun servers might be negatively affected by it? Did or will Sun do anything to actively oppose introducing of regulations that threaten the net neutrality? (edited, this was question 13.)

15.) Why Doesn't Solaris have a dependency resolving package manager? Are there any plans of including one in the future?

16.) DTrace is being ported to FreeBSD, we heard Solaris Zones are based on experience with FreeBSD's jail(), also in the supported hardware and purpose Solaris seems more similar to FreeBSD than to Linux. Never mind that Linux is fragmented in many distributions, of which many try to be bleeding edge, whereas Solaris and FreeBSD are not fragmented and more focussed on stability. Why are you comparing Solaris to Linux all the time, instead of comparing it to its real competitor?
...and could you give us such a comparison?

17.) What do you think about the recent rumors of Google buying Sun? Is there any chance of that happening and why do you think these rumors spring up?

So, first review them, propose changes if you wish and then I'll be calling Simon to answer whenever he has time.

EDIT: Made some edits, Simon, please feel free to answer. Thank you.

Thank you
Daniel

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Re: Questions Summary (for Sun interview)

I don't understand question 13, please can you clarify?

S.

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Re: Questions Summary (for Sun interview)

Hello Simon.

There is a discussion about the issue of network neutrality which is threatened in the US here.

Here is also a wikipedia page on network neutrality.

And here is one recent article on LinuxJournal about it: Net Neutrality vs. Net Neutering

Certain internet service provider companies seek to be legally allowed to specially charge for access to certain "premium" content on the web much like it is with cable and satelite television where you have to pay to watch certain programs. This is seen as a threat to the network neutrality that is natural to the internet. It would not only limit what people can or can't access on the web depending on how much can they spend on it, but would also very negatively affect chances of small internet based businesses to grow. If Sun Microsystems has many of those small businesses as their customers, this may very well also affect Sun in a bad way.

The question should probably rephrazed... Let's try this then:

13.) According to Sun, "the network is the computer". Does Sun perceive the possible end of network neutrality as a threat to its business model considering that many small businesses which use Sun servers might be negatively affected by it? Did or will Sun do anything to actively oppose introducing of regulations that threaten the net neutrality?

Hopefully it's a bit better now. :-)

Thanks
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For the new Sun interview,

For the new Sun interview, with Patrick Finch, I think most of the same questions roughly fit the current setting except some of the ones from question 10 onward. So those should be changed.

The ones above 10 may only be slightly reworded, but they still seem relevant. Potentially we could get rid of some questions or add some new ones.

Here is an attempt at revised questions from 10 on:

10.) Sun has announced that you will release Java as Free Software under the GNU GPLv2. When can we expect the Free Software version of Java to come out? (The version 6 currently available for download from java.sun.com still carries a non-free license).

11.) Even though it still appears to be widely used, many have concerns about Java being slow, among some other complaints. Are there any plans of improvement to Java that would address these known concerns? (can stay the same)

12.) What kind of relationship do you have with OpenOffice.org project and what are your future OOo related plans? (can stay the same)

13.) About Sun's involvelemnt with DRM. Is DReaM project still alive and what is it supposed to accomplish, what are Sun's plans with it?

14.) Isn't the idea of an "open source" DRM a bit contradictory, considering that in Free Software DRM can easily be removed, and that DRM is actually about restrictions that often don't play well with Free Software licenses?

15.) According to Sun, "the network is the computer". Does Sun perceive the possible end of network neutrality as a threat to its business model considering that many small businesses which use Sun servers might be negatively affected by it? Did or will Sun do anything to actively oppose introducing of regulations that threaten the net neutrality? may be clarified a bit, but the essence of the question could remain

16.) Why Doesn't Solaris have a dependency resolving package manager? Are there any plans of including one in the future?

17.) DTrace is being ported to FreeBSD, we heard Solaris Zones are based on experience with FreeBSD's jail(), also in the supported hardware and purpose Solaris seems more similar to FreeBSD than to Linux. Never mind that Linux is fragmented in many distributions, of which many try to be bleeding edge, whereas Solaris and FreeBSD are not fragmented and more focussed on stability. Why are you comparing Solaris to Linux all the time, instead of comparing it to its real competitor?
...and could you give us such a comparison? I'm really not sure about this question. What about?

Feel free to comment, add suggestions etc.. I'll be contacting Patrick for the interview over the weekend.

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I think #15 is not really

I think #15 is not really relevant anymore.

#17 is also a bit outdated now Sun has changed it's tune about free software so much. But it still is a nice mean question.

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Alright so the #15 is out

Alright so the #15 is out and the #17 is in, but maybe could be revised a bit?

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#17 Sun has often compared

#17 Sun has often compared Solaris to (GNU/)Linux. How about a comparison with other, possibly more similar systems such as FreeBSD?

And a new (?) question, the answer to which may raise a whole bunch of new questions:
- What kind of work do you do for Sun?

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Sounds good.

Sounds good. Smiling

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Darn I almost forgot about

Darn I almost forgot about this. I'll contact Patrick today. Now that I promised I must. Eye

(On another note I have to pick up that mobiliberty projet too)..

Edit: email sent. Smiling

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Patrick responded quiet fast

Patrick responded quiet fast and accepted the interview. Smiling

I'm gonna send the txt of our questions.

Cheers

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I have made some revisions

I have made some revisions to the final questions list which I'm sending. Here is it for reference:

Quote:

1.) Sun seems to have changed a lot recently, with much more interest in Free Open Source Software. Can you tell us something about the changes in philosophy and the business model?

2.) What is the relationship between Sun and free software developers?
(I.e. are we your customers or are we part of the same community working for the same customers?)

3.) If SUN made all it's software libre, you would depend more on your hardware and services to make money - if so what open standards would be used for hardware e.g. using FreeBIOS or another libre BIOS for the BIOS?"

4.) Is there some sort of division within the company between free software/hardware supporters and those that support nonfree software or has the company overwhelmingly turned to Free Software? Do you think there is a similar division in other companies (for example HP)?

5.) How do you think does open hardware compare to free software?

6.) Do you think a GPL'ed Sparc will do the same thing for processors as the "open" IBM PC architecture did for computers? Does Sun intend to become the company that defines the standards?

7.) What makes the big difference for Sun between GPLv2 and GPLv3?

8.) There are talks about Sun dual licensing Solaris under both CDDL and GPLv3, is this a firm plan and if so, when can we expect this to happen?

9.) Can you describe the impact that could your adoption of GPLv3 have on the Free Software world or even more broadly the software industry (considering some of the controversies regarding this new license)?

10.) Is Sun involved in any way in the development of GPLv3? Have you been sending FSF any suggestions and proposals and which were those? If not, what would your suggestions be?

11.) Sun has announced that you will release Java as Free Software under the GNU GPLv2. When can we expect the Free Software version of Java to come out? (Currently available downloads from java.sun.com still carry a "Binary Code License Agreement").

12.) Even though it still appears to be widely used, many have concerns about Java being slow, among some other complaints. Are there any plans of improvement to Java that would address these known concerns (maybe even Free Software developers can help you now)?

13.) What kind of relationship do you have with OpenOffice.org project and what are your future OOo related plans?

14.) About Sun's involvelemnt with DRM. Is DReaM project still alive and what is it supposed to accomplish, what are Sun's plans with it?

15.) Isn't the idea of an "open source" DRM a bit contradictory, considering that in Free Software DRM can easily be removed, and that DRM is actually about restrictions that often don't play well with Free Software licenses?

16.) Why Doesn't Solaris have a dependency resolving package manager? Are there any plans of including one in the future?

17.) Sun has often compared Solaris to (GNU/)Linux. How about a comparison with other, possibly more similar systems such as FreeBSD?

18.) What kind of work do you do for Sun?

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