Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 8, 2004 22:04 UTC (Wed) by BrucePerens
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A lot of folks in the IT world only speak what marketing communications puts in their mouths. You can expect more plain talk from me, and when I think there's a problem that needs fixing, you can expect me to lay it at the doors of the people who could fix it. I'll talk about it in front of the rest of the community too, so that maybe someone there will solve the problem.
Sun Microsystems, unfortunately, has botched OpenOffice promotion. They purchased StarDivision as a strategic product intended to undermine Microsoft's Office ecosystem, and then Sun got into financial trouble and management decreed that all products had to be money-makers, there could not be any more "strategic" products within Sun. That seems like strategic suicide to me.
Sun has not had much success in building an outside developer community for a product that is about as important as the Linux kernel - in part because they disregarded advice about the right way to handle copyright assignment from developers that I gave them just before OpenOffice went Free. There are very few developers outside Sun. These are serious problems and need to be addressed. I'm not about to shut up about them.
Regarding RH and SuSE, I had talk with HSBC, the huge international bank, a few years ago, after RH went to its Enterprise Linux marketing. HSBC had at that time decided to place a Linux migration on the back burner, because they felt that now, Linux is as expensive as Windows. Ignoring the complaints of big potential customers is not a good way to promote Linux.
Sorry if you don't like my style.
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