Debian and Nexenta collide
Posted Nov 9, 2005 18:09 UTC (Wed) by cventers
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
It does bother me that Nexenta and Debian are fighting in this way;
however, I can't blame either party. I think the party that needs to
resolve this issue is Sun Microsystems.
Sun's no stranger to the fact that open source is taking over the world.
They're willing to license OpenOffice LGPL, which is fantastic (and I
hypothesize is done simply to take shots at Microsoft's OS monopoly).
But their two big camps, Solaris and Java, are strange mutilations of
what many of us accept as real open source. When Solaris became available
under the CDDL, I was a bit miffed by their press blitz. They asserted
that their offerings were real open source and tried to gloss over the
details by making chest-pounding statements like "Now that the licensing
debate is over, we can start competing in terms of actual technology".
Does Sun expect volumes of open source developers to drop what they're
doing and go running with open arms to Sun, the CDDL, and their
bizarro-world of half-open technology?
If Solaris were made GPL, I'd know for a fact that Sun was interested in
open source as a viable way to do business. The CDDL tells me that Sun is
interested in exploiting the open source idea for their own gain alone.
Sun's stepped into the party; now it's time they take off their coat.
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