I saw a pointer to a story in The Australian's
IT section today. The article is an interview with Novell's Robert Hovsepian
in which he makes some statements which indicate to me that he just doesn't understand what OpenSource software is.
Statements like this one:
"The whole spirit of open source is to have one base of code," he said. "Open-sourcing Solaris --- while it's appreciated that you can see the low-level pieces of code --- doesn't move the overall effort of the open-source community further down the track. It creates a fork, which none of us likes."
Huh? How is OpenSolaris
a fork? Of what? Solaris? I don't think so. OpenSolaris
is certainly not a fork of linux
either. If you want to get historical and really
pedantic, then it's possible (but disingenuous) to describe Solaris
as a fork of AT&T's Unix
known as SVR4
even has this you-beaut picture
which shows the lineage.
And the concept of having "one base of code" --- that's soooooo closed! So take that! OpenBSD
Seriously, Mr Hovsepian should go back to WikiPedia
and check out the description of Open Source
and then perhaps he should have a wander over to The OpenSource Initiative
and check a few facts about licensing as well as looking at the variety of OSI-certified OpenSource licenses and what's using them.
I do appreciate his recognition that OpenSolaris
is available for one-n-all to view. However, more than anything, I'm disappointed that the President and COO of a heavyweight in the industry that's built on Open Source software should display such ignorance. Mr Hovsepian, I know
you know better than that.