Proof that Novell's COO doesn't understand Open Source

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. Wikipedia 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, FreeBSD and NetBSD! 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' sourcecode 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.
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