Reality Distortion Zone

110904_theage Now here's a really, really wild article out today at The Age. You're going to love this:

Once upon a time it was all so simple: Linux would take on and destroy the Microsoft "evil empire" and liberate us all from crippling software taxes.

However, the operating system's success has earned a new class of corporate enemies - some of which once were friends to the open source upstart. Sun Microsystems is undoubtedly more threatened by open-source systems than perhaps any other major vendor and has made clear its intention to give no quarter to leading enterprise open source player Red Hat.

So, let me get this straight .... "Sun is undoubtedly more threatened by open-source systems than perhaps any other major vendor?"

Fascinating.

Let's see ... just off the top of my head here: We ship two Linux distros. We do Jxta. We do Grid. We do java.net. We do NetBeans. We do OpenOffice. We contribute to and ship GNOME and run it internally on our systems (including my SunRay). We contribute to many other open source projects, not to mention a bunch of global open standards bodies. I've heard that SPARC is based on an open spec, too. And although Sun's Java technology is not under an open source license, it sure as heck looks like an open community they are running over there at the Java Community Process. And didn't we do something with NFS a while back? Not sure. Oh, and how could I forget ... doesn't the Sun Java Desktop System (JDS) have some open source code in it? And I'm dying to see Project Looking Glass, which is under the GPL, run as part of JDS in the future. Also, JDS runs on Linux, which is open source, of course, and it runs on the Solaris platform now, too. Which brings me to the biggest one of them all: OpenSolaris ... which is coming soon and will represent probably the largest contribution of code to the community. Ever.

Yep. Sure seems to me like Sun is "more threatened by open-source systems than perhaps any other major vendor." Scott may argue about that, though. Just a hunch.
Comments:

spot on jim!

keep it coming.

fight the fud!

defend the faith!

Posted by gonzo on November 10, 2004 at 04:15 AM JST #

You are not a True Believer! Burn, heretic! -- Sorry, thought I was on /. for a moment. Really the problem is that people are conflating "Linux as a social movement" with "Red Hat, a vendor of Linux". Sun is not getting in the way of the social movement, but they have the right to target a competitor. RH has been very successful in presenting themselves as other than a moneymaking business (insert finance joke here).

Posted by PatrickG on November 10, 2004 at 05:42 AM JST #

Thanks, guys. That article really baked me. Huge FUD. And ignorance. Totally agree, Patrick. However, it's a tough sell. Some are starting to get it, though. That's why I think we need to respond to these articles immediately to correct the record. We've screwed up some stuff, true, but we also need to get our due credit as well. It's fun, too. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on November 10, 2004 at 08:40 AM JST #

Jim, thanks for getting the truth out. They actually wanted me to subscribe/register online to read the article. Uh, no. When they actually do real reporting instead of injecting opinion, perhaps I'll reconsider.

"Undoubtedly", huh? Prove it. I think, Jim, that you definitely provided more than their "doubt". You provided facts.

Posted by John Clingan on November 10, 2004 at 03:03 PM JST #

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