Blogging implications moving forward



Oracle has a different blogging policy than Sun did.
Justin Kestelyn has done a great job of discussing it here.
In some contrast, Tim Bray laid out Sun's philosophy beautifully back in 2004 in this blog.
I just wanted to point out some points here:
  • Oracle bloggers (formerly Sun bloggers) will continue to use blogging to be part of an industry conversation.
  • There are restrictions to blogging that applied during the Sun days, similar common sense restrictions apply today as well: Dont reveal company secrets, dont break financial (and other) laws, dont get the company into trouble in any way, dont put down any Oracle products.
  • As before and I dont know how much it really helps to say this, but its worth reiterating at this point: These are my opinons and do not represent Oracle's official policy. This isnt just a disclaimer, but its also common sense.
And a couple more that are more directly relevant:
  • Oracle has a different way of handling roadmaps and product futures and features. Whereas I didnt really indulge in future, feature speculation even earlier, we did talk about things we were going to release as part of Express, for example. This might change.
  • And, there are some things that Oracle may not choose to open source, going forward. There is a change here that now the focus is back on delivering value through our IP
Given these new changes, I suspect there will be a subtle change in how we all have our conversations in blogland. As I've endeavored to do before, I will try to keep the focus on what is interesting and important for us and for our users.

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