Q and A with Simon Phipps about Open Solaris

Just noticed this article contining a Q & A session with Simon, specifically discussing Open Solaris.

One question and answer that jumped out at me was

Q: What do you envision the relationship between OpenSolaris and the Linux community will look like as it matures?

Phipps: I'd expect the two to develop a spirit of friendly competition. OpenSolaris starts on day one with innovations that are either absent from Linux or available in a much less evolved form, and I'm sure the Linux community won't take that laying down! Having real peer competition is good for both Linux and OpenSolaris and each will catalyze the innovation of the the other.

And this is exactly how it should be. Putting Solaris out into the Open Source Community adds to the community and the peer competition should act to raise the bar on Operating Systems in general.

All in all, this can only be a good thing.

Simon also talks about how he sees his role on the Community Advisory Board, his experiences on the pilot and thoughts about community.

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