Two Days Awake
By webmink on Feb 08, 2005
Last week I spent two solid days awake and several others in almost as intense focus, reading and typing over on Groklaw, the web-site set up by Paralegal-turned-Journalist Pamela Jones. Groklaw was set up to apply the community-contribution model to the lawsuit between IBM and SCO and has become an exemplar of investigative reporting as well as a treasure house for those wanting the source documents from the proceedings. It also provides a pretty partisan forum for discussing current issues of concern to its community. Many contributors to the discussions on that site would have the sort of lifting-the-rocks-and-looking-under approach to evidence that would, applied to a party like Sun, see in the shared "PJ" of her career transition and of her name a suspicious sign suggesting a concealment or a fabrication.
That's certainly how Sun's announcements around OpenSolaris have been treated. In a series of postings, Pamela has communicated her extreme suspicion of Sun's motives and actions. Contributors have then spent thousands of words finding and reiterating theories of Sun's motives ranging from incompetence and senility to conspiracy and corruption. I devoted so much time because it just seemed right to show up and honestly engage in the conversation that was happening there, and I'll be back some more if the topic turns to Sun (or patents). While trying to avoid trolls, I did my best to answer the assertions people made and I thought it would be good to try to distil some of the ideas here. I'll post the resulting essays as they happen. If you just can't wait, the discussions are here and here.