"The evil-headed twin"

Red Hat's Matthew Szulik talks Sun and OpenSolaris in this Q&A in Computerworld:

Q: Who do you now view as the greatest competition?
A: The same ones there have always been -- the evil-headed twin. It's Sun and Microsoft.

Now that's not very nice. I must admit, I've never been called an "evil-headed twin" before. Have you?

Q: What's your take on open-source Solaris?
A: I don't get it. What makes open-source work is a community of use in which there is a consistent transparency of the source code and people can solve interesting problems. We've learned that lesson very painfully after acquisition and putting software out into the community and getting no traction around it. It's gnarled and potentially not well-written and well-documented and well-supported code. It's not like you can back up the truck, as many companies have found out. ... It's a part of the DNA to be committed to this development model, to be committed to the practices of open-source, to have it be a part of your core culture.

We agree -- community, transparency, DNA, open source development model, core culture. That describes all the emerging elements of OpenSolaris. So, what's not to get?

Comments:

"A: The same ones there have always been -- the evil-headed twin. It's Sun and Microsoft."

Funny, lots of Sun-provided code is distributed in Red Hat (GNOME, OO.org), but I'd bet none from Microsoft is in there. On the other hand, it's nice that he considers Sun a bigger competitor than IBM, who have the resources to essentially vaporize Red Hat in a breath.

"We've learned that lesson very painfully after acquisition and putting software out into the community and getting no traction around it. It's gnarled and potentially not well-written and well-documented and well-supported code."

This makes little sense, as the documentation for OO.org and Solaris are second-to-none. My tinfoil hat tells me that Mr. Szulik and Mr. Perens are collaborating against OpenSolaris (the whole "no traction" argument).

Posted by Anon on February 01, 2005 at 04:37 AM JST #

Post a Comment:
Comments are closed for this entry.
About


Search

Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today
Bookmarks

No bookmarks in folder