LinuxWorld's Top FOSS business leaders in '08

I was checking out Whurley's blog today and saw that LinuxWorld.com had recently named "2008's Top Leaders in Open Source Business."

It was great to see that Jonathan Schwartz made the list as well as soon-to-be Sun senior exec, Marten Mikos (I'll have to admit that I was a bit surprised to not see Mark Shuttleworth's name). 

You can check out the all the picks and pics at the link above (some more artistically put together than others) but here's the list (I don't think they're in any kind of rank order):

  • Martin Mikos - CEO, MySQL (for a little bit longer :)
  • Andy Astor - CEO, Enterprise DB
  • Jonh Roberts - CEO, Sugar CRM
  • Larry Augustin - Private Investor
  • Jonathan Schwartz - CEO, Sun Microsystems
  • Matt Assay - VP of Business Development, Alfresco
  • James Governor, Stephen O'Grady, Michael Cote - Pundits, Red Monk 
  • Raven Zachary - Research Director,  The 451 Group
  • Whurley - Chief Architect of Open Source Strategy, BMC
  • Anthony Gold - VP and GM, Open Source Business, Unisys
  • Michael Tiemman - President, Open Source Initiative

I particularly like the props given to Jonathan and Sun:

...Schwartz is not the sole open source advocate at Sun but he's the driving force and the buck stops with him. By lines of code, Sun is perhaps the biggest distributor of open source in the world. They propagate the leading open source productivity suite, OpenOffice, which is downloaded millions of times every week. In addition to Solaris and OpenOffice, Java runs on a myriad of devices that likely number in the billions. After a rough few years, Sun is poised to enjoy

Nice!

Pau for now.... 

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