Guardian Quote; A little clarification

22 Feb '08 - 01:05 by benr

I was congratulated on getting quoted in the Guardian today, Giving away software makes good sense for Sun. Given that I was unaware of this I was thrilled.... and then I read it.

The article quoted a previous blog entry but didn't provide that context, so it looks like I'm trying to counterpoint or argue with Jonathan. Eek.

I just want to clarify the point that I, myself, am part of the problem; note that I say "we" instead of "they" in the quote. This is a community matter and I am trying to help us all work toward a solution. In fact I've spent a lot of time over the last couple weeks researching development models in a variety of communities, my notebook and a copy of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" sit under my coffee cup as I type in fact.

Anyway, the article puts Jonathan and I in a point-counterpoint-rebuttal sort of conversation and that looks more adversarial than it should. We'll all get this sorted out in time, we're learning and growing as a community, and I have full confidence in Jonathan's leadership and strongly believe that he "gets it", which can't be said for many these days.

- - C O M M E N T S - -

Of course, a journalist would think that a story where they can make it look like we have dissent going on makes for a much better story. :)


Alan Hargreaves (Email) (URL) - 22 February '08 - 01:30

This clarification makes me feel better about Sun/OpenSolaris.

I am slowly moving my business infrastructure to Solaris (mostly on’s accelerators) from Linux/FreeBSD. Your last few posts about OpenSolaris made me start questioning my move.


Armaghan Saqib (Email) (URL) - 22 February '08 - 02:42


I’m just an observer… But, if nobody disagrees in a project this big, than that would probably indicate that nobody cares! Since they seem to resolve their differences like grownups, and every code-level solaris guru that I’ve encountered is committed to the end-goal making/keeping Solaris good, I see a healthy future of OpenSolaris.

Now, I’ve just gotta buy more hardware at home, so that I try Xen on Indiana! :-)

Luke - 25 February '08 - 15:09


Apologies if you felt there was not enough context; I thought I made it clear that JS was responding to my question about how easily the community could get its work included, rather than to your comments.

I’ve posted an additional comment here:



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I’ve just gotta buy more hardware at home, so that I try Xen on Indiana! :-)

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