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Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps) (changed to Patrick Finch, completed)

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The original idea was to ask Jonathan Schwarts, the president of Sun Microsystems Inc. for an interview, but as things stand right now, this could possible be someone else from the company that may either be more available or more applicable to talk to us about the issues we should present in this thread.

That said, this is where you are now invited to ask questions that you want someone from Sun Microsystems to answer and we will compile that into a list of initial questions that we will ask a Sun representative that we can get an interview with.

Hopefully it will be Jonathan Schwartz, as we've originally planned, but anyone so closely related with Sun (that is, working for Sun) ought to be a suitable person to answer our questions.

EDIT: Scrap the above. Simon Phipps accepted the interview offer. He is the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems Inc.

The central issues would revolve around the following:

- The future of OpenSolaris, especially the possibility of it being release under GPLv3
- About the potential compatibility between GPLv3 and CDDL
- The question of releasing Java as true Free Software
- About Sun's take on GCJ as a free implementation of Java
- Sun's involment with DRM

Anything else? Ask away!

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview

Hm, that could be an intriguing question with an intriguing answer, a_thing.

Btw, I have gotten a contact info and a recommendation for a guy that we could do interview with. It is Simon Phipps (http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/webmink ) for which another Sun employee Eric Boutlier (http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/eric_boutilier) says may be the best person to talk about in regard to CDDL related issues and possibly then other "Sun vs. FOSS" related issues. He also said he'll notify him.

So, I'm gonna contact Simon and see what we get. :-)

Thanks

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview

According to Sun, "the network is the computer". Does Sun perceive the possible end of network neutrality a threat to its business model? This is not a joke, many small businesses, which do use Sun servers, might get into trouble. Did or will Sun do anything to stop it?

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

Isn't it a bit risky to already promise to use a license that may still be changed a lot?

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?)?

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview

Cool.. btw, Simon Phipps is a "Chief Open Source Officer" of Sun Microsystems so according to the title he's definitely the guy to talk to about these topics. :-)

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview

I have a question..

"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?"

Maybe it could be shortened a bit.

Btw, I think it would be good if we put all our actual questions in italic text to distinct them from your ordinary postings. I can edit your existing posts for that if you don't mind, or you can edit them.

Thank you
Daniel

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview

I just got a reply from Simon Phipps! He accepted the offer. We're in. Smiling

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

This is Simon here. If you'd like to discuss which questions you'd like to ask and reach agreement on them, I'll have a go at answering each time Danijel tells me there's one ready to go. I'm afraid I am in a heavy travel period so can't offer to just hang out in the forum but I'll try to be as responsive as I can.

Just as a starter, my blog is at http://www.webmink.net/ (that's an aggregator, look down the right margin for a list of the sites aggregated) and there's an early version of a new open source web site for Sun at http://www.sun.com/opensource/. If you're asking CDDL questions you'll find plenty of them answered at http://opensolaris.org/os/about/faq/licensing_faq/

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Hello and welcome webmink, that is, Simon!

It is completely understandable that you are busy. We will just keep on gathering questions here and then once we choose what is to be in an interview I will just send them to you or link you to a thread where you can post your answers, so that shouldn't take too much of your time.

Thanks alot again for accepting!

Daniel

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Btw, probably the best would be to have a special "questions and answers" thread just for questions that were already officially selected. I'd then just link Simon to that thread when we have first questions in (decided for an interview) or new ones added. This way there is a separate place for "official" (or chosen) questions and answers where people can still see them and possibly propose additional questions based on answers that we got, and post them in this thread.

This enables more interaction and some discussion so that it doesn't end up being just a plain uninteractive list of questions and answers.

In any case, Simon will be properly notified when we have chosen any questions to make it to the actual interview.

I just wanted to clarify the process. So, to recap, this thread is for making question proposals (in italic text) and discussing those questions as well as any answers we may already recieve. Another thread will be open for questions that we here decide should be included in a final interview. Ideally, only Simon should reply in that thread, for the sake of consistency. I'd post questions (copy the chosen ones from here) and he'd post answers to them.

And finally, we'd just take Q&A from that thread and put it into a final interview page for publishing.

Thanks
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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Sun seems to have changed a lot recently, with much more interest in open source. Can you tell us something about the changes in philosophy and maybe even business model?

The above may need to be rephrased...

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?)

Let's order the questions asked until then by topic on monday (I won't be available this weekend), and put them in sensible order... Then try to find some of the answers on the given pages (those found answers would then go into per-topic introductions, which we will of course ask to be confirmed), and see if there are additional questions following from what we found. After that, it's time to ask the first set :-) .
What do you think?

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Not exactly, but your version is better Laughing . Better have one introduction.

We don't need to ask the most extremely obvious questions, but the final text should contain the answers to those in some way, because our readers will wonder about the obvious things too.

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