Dan Farber (whose stuff I always read and highly recommend) gently takes Scott to task for his comments on sharing — Sun owns the word ‘share’?:
Sun isn’t offering anything different than before it discovered sharing—the company profits by powering the data centers so that users can transact and interact online. What’s the alternative a strategy to community development? I don’t know, and it’s not my job, but in the end Sun succeeds or fails based on its products
True, Dan. We are a corporation, and we sell stuff to survive. But the “sharing” bit is the first ad campaign that we’ve had in a long time (ever, probably) that describes what we do, rather than spins what we do. I believe it, too. Many of us here do. And I believe Scott and Jonathan believe it, as well. I don’t like the orange we have all over the place, but I get the “sharing” bit. And I don’t think it conflicts with capitalism at all. To be honest, only selling servers is horribly boring. Helping some people along the way feels much better, especially just before you close your eyes at nite. A long time ago, I used to dig really big holes for a living and I made lots of money. Then I lost it all. Poof. Gone. It’s a long story, but what I learned from that experience was that helping people and making money don’t have to be in conflict. That’s why I like the sharing campaign. Because I believe it, and it motivates me.