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

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Okay.. well, that sounded a bit complicated, but maybe it's not considering we want to have the best quality interview as an outcome. This "filtering" process would enable us to end up with exactly that.

Another idea I have is to submit the news about this interview to LXer.com news site and call for people who have questions to come here and ask them, so we have more questions to choose from and more people have a chance to ask. :-) What ya think?

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Dunno, sounds like moderator's hell. Maybe a bit later in the process.

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Dunno, sounds like moderator's hell. Maybe a bit later in the process.

Hm well, they'd have to register to post. I doubt there will be all that much to moderate and I'll be here watching anyway.

It's not like we had alot of moderation to do throughout the whole libervis history. :-D

We can wait, but I'm not sure if there's a real reason...

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Sun can make money on Free Software as well (services business), but I am sure answers regarding Free/Open BIOS projects would be interesting.

Btw, onlinebacon from Nuxified.org suggested the following question:

Why Doesn't Solaris have a dependency resolving package manager?

It's more technical, but if there are to be more of the technical questions we can ask Simon if he thinks he could answer them well and include a few of those as well.

That said, I'll add one technical question:

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?

Of course, in the spirit of Free Software that Libervis.com represents, the question is irrelevant if there is no potential of Java being released as Free Software. But if his answer on that question is positive (and as we hear from elsewhere he apprently already promised Java to be freed at some point) then this technical Java related question makes sense.

There is also a point of Java getting improved exactly because of it's liberation because it will probably attract developers that have stayed away so far to come and maybe cooperatively try to improve Java runtime themselves possibly making it run faster. Smiling

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Technical Questions

While I can cope with technical questions I would (to be honest) have to forward them to others to answer. I'll do that if you wish but the answers will be slower and not written by me.

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While I can cope with technical questions I would (to be honest) have to forward them to others to answer. I'll do that if you wish but the answers will be slower and not written by me.

It depends on how much interest is there going to be in technical matters regarding Sun. In any case we are not in much of a hurry so we can wait till you gather answers once we put those questions forth.

Of course, though, if you prefer we stick to the non-technical matters we can try to limit topics to that.

Thanks
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Re: Technical Questions

Whatever you wish, I'm here to help :-)

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Whatever you wish, I'm here to help :-)

Thanks, much appreciated. I love it when someone from a big corporation is so cooperative with us the people. :-)

If there are enough question proposals related to technical stuff then we should probably satisfy that by asking a few of those too. It could increase the overall value of the interview.

Cheers
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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

Are SUN's documents saved in .odt or other open formats?

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Re: Sun Microsystems Interview (Simon Phipps)

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?

(in the api/abi sense of defining standards, not in the marketing-speak "quality" sense)

If so, is this wish to define standards also the reason to do the opposite with Java, that is not to free it in order to keep control of the standard?

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

(I mean in business, ideology, ...)
(I'm saying "open source hardware" because I feel "free hardware" sounds more like "free beer" than "freedom". Edit if you disagree ;-) )

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?

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