Sun collaborating on open source projects
By alexismp on mai 28, 2008
Other than being a GlassFish evangelist/ambassador (pick which ever you like best), I also handle the Sun technical relationship with the press in France for software and Java topics. Coming back from JavaOne usually means spending sometime on what was covered during a week full of announcements.
This time was no exception but I'd like to share what I think is an interesting development.
The WebSynergy announcement (a Sun and Liferay engineering collaboration) was picked-up by most journalists as being an interesting case of Sun collaborating in the Open Source world (and not wanting to "own" all the developments). I've also seen blogs and heard podcasts on this very same topic. I'd simply like to point out two other similar, yet recent cases :
• TopLink Essentials (soon moving to EclipseLink) is a collaboration between Sun and Oracle at the heart of the GlassFish project.
• The Sailfin Telco application server is an engineering collaboration between Sun and Ericsson to extend GlassFish with SIP functionality.
An Open Source project governance is no more but no less important than the license that project uses. In any case, I'd argue that just like for licenses, governance models (and the collaborations they enable) can be many. I don't believe Sun wants to settle on any single one. Clearly in the above cases we believe these are win-win situations.