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
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
, and a little about governance.