Debian and Nexenta collide
Posted Nov 9, 2005 23:06 UTC (Wed) by bojan
In reply to: Debian and Nexenta collide
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
> bizarro-world of half-open technology?
Probably the best description of Sun and their open source strategies I've seen in a while.
On one hand, they contributed large chunks of LGPL code, like OOo. On the other, they have to do it "the Sun way" (or as one of the old Solaris admins that I work with would say: "In their infinite wisdom, Sun decided to <insert bizarro thing here>"). So, most of the stuff that exists in the FOSS world (e.g. font rendering) had to be duplicated in OOo, you have to install gazillion things to build the darn thing and then it doesn't build cleanly on x86_64 (as we learned from recent discussions here on LWN) etc. And then there is Java (no, not just the OOo pullution with it). The big lovers of open source, which have requests sitting in their bug system to produce x86_64 plugin for months, don't want to give the code to FOSS developers to do it for them. And, they are letting GCJ/classpath people waste their time on an alternative implementation, when there is no rational explanation for keeping Java proprietary. Then there is Solaris, or should I say "Open"Solaris. It's half open, released under "spanner in the works" licence in order to prevent things from jumping into their (now) long time enemy Linux.
There is no doubt that Sun did some great things for open source, but if there ever was a company with a confusing (open source) strategy, it's Sun.
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