Insanely Innovative

Paul Murphy writes that the Linux movement is "insanely innovative" but focuses that conclusion less on technology and more on the notion that Linux "empowers people who would otherwise not be empowered, flattens the playing field at a level within reach for most University compsci graduates, and offers people a low cost, low risk, point of entry to the Unix world."

I can't really comment on the technical issue because I really don't know, but I certainly agree with the empowering people bit. That's the community dynamic. And that's what I'm trying to focus on with OpenSolaris. OpenSolaris is known for the technical innovations Sun opened from Solaris 10 development a couple of years ago, but our future will be based much more on our ability to build an open development community that also feels empowered to take the technology to new heights.

Agree?
Comments:

"Insanely innovative" or "innovatively insane"? Sorry - couldn't resist :-)

Posted by Pat Patterson on September 29, 2007 at 04:52 PM JST #

Completely.

Posted by Christopher Mahan on September 29, 2007 at 06:36 PM JST #

Jim,
"Open source technologies, community developed over time, is proving difficult to incorporate and monetize by commercial corporations globally."
That said, NO individual commercial entity can innovate 'on some remote island' competing against the heightened pace of global community developments in ALL industries.
Simply, that fabled garage from Detroit to Southern California has transformed today to a 'node' on the World wide Web.
The 'wheel goes round', I was first introduced to System V then GNU-Linux software by students attending CUNY-STONYBROOK (University) fifteen 15 years later, CORE computing technologies!
Jonathan is indeed correct, open source will overcome barriers provided HARDWARE is unencumbered too!
Recommendation:
Hardware AND Software = Truly a glass 'half full' today, an obvious monetization opportunity.)

Posted by William Walling on September 29, 2007 at 08:02 PM JST #

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