Schwartz, Grids, OpenSolaris on ZD's Podcast

Jonathan Schwartz previews some of announcements for our Network Computing 05Q1 in a conversation with David Berlind at ZDNet's podcast. That grid utility computing stuff looks pretty wild.

Schwartz also talked a lot about OpenSolaris. He talks fast, but here are some notes:

Schwartz: We open sourced Solaris for some very basic reasons: (1) to respond to those customers who want or need open source code, even though Solaris source has always been available to customers it's been under a relatively restrictive license ... so for those customers open sourcing Solaris is only goodness, (2) as good as Solaris is, Solaris isn't perfect ... we can't just say that the only people who can make Solaris better work at Sun ... there is a large community out there that we've benefited from over the years ... our customers and developers, the open source community, and the Java community, and (3) we saw some anxiety from some of our OEM customers about deploying products using the GPL and secondarily deploying products whose evolution may not be in their control and they were interested in a different governance model. They wanted Sun -- which has been innovative in governance models as well as technology models -- to try to evolve in a different way. We are trying to create more opportunity. It's not anti anybody. It's pro open source. We are doing this to create a different kind of community around Solaris than has exited historically. We are inviting innovation and contributions.

That's a rough translation. It's about two thirds the way through the podcast. Schwartz went on to to talk about indemnification, the innovations in Solaris that we are open sourcing, and a little about governance.
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