Where's the Ooh-Rah?

So, I was just watching the Hadji Girl video (again). At the end, he sings that "they should've know they were f\*ckin' with a marine," and the crowd goes wild. After watching that video, it dawned on me what's missing from Sun these days. We're missing what is best summed up by the "Ooh-rah!" of the US Marine Corps (who, by the way, are using JSP technology on their web site).

Don't get me wrong. Back in the days before the fall, Sun does seem to have gotten a bit too big for its britches. That, followed by a plunge into an era of mediocre products, left a lot of people with a bad impression of Sun. Now we're back, we've got a great line-up, we're the largest corporate open source contributor in the world, but I get the feeling that we're still not proud to be Sun.

When I talked to folks in the office eight years ago, there was a sense that we were fighting an important war, and there was no doubt that we were going to win. Java, Jini, Solaris, and UltraSPARC were the battle standards. Now, it feels more like the war's over, we survived, but we'd really rather not talk about it. Solaris is great, but everything else is great, too. Java is nice, but so are all the other languages and technologies. UltraSPARC is "competetive." Tell me again, what is Jini? I think that's wrong! Solaris kicks \*ss! Java kicks \*ss! UltraSPARC kicks \*SS! And Jini is now Apache River. (Jini is an awesome technology, but I've given up hope that it will ever get the mindshare it deserves. You can't win them all. Look at NeWS.)

What I want to see is every Sun employee being proud of working for Sun, not apologetic. We may still be struggling to turn in a profitable fiscal year, but dagnabit Sun is an awesome company. Why is Sun awesome? Because innovation is still the life's blood of Sun. So get out there, and spread the good word! Java, Java, jing, jing, jing!

While I'm in rant mode, what the frag is with Linus Torvalds posting about not believing in Sun's motives for our open source contributions??? Hello? First off, what the frag does he care what our motives are, as long as we're donating the code? Honestly. Second, I don't see any other company getting this kind of abuse. Does anyone here think that IBM is contributing code to open source out of sheer benevolence? Please. Lastly, the thing that really burns my butt is that Linus had the nerve to make the unfounded accusation that we're not going to contribute ZFS to the open source world, who obviously deserves to have it, and then in the same breath he says that we're trying to scam away the Linux device driver coders. Dear God! Open source is about sharing! It's not about everyone giving everything to Linus. The reason people participate in open source is to gain some benefit from it. Yes, we'd love to have all the Linux device driver coders also writing Solaris device drivers. What's wrong with that? After the amount of source code we've thrown over the fence, I am absolutely dumbfounded that these zealots are still trying to make us out to be the enemy. Wake up and smell the GPLed Java!

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