Pro Bono?

I love this sentence from eWeek’s Open Source: It’s Still All about Control

Now, I think they’ll have other troubles — getting a significant programming community on board to work pro bono for Sun — but Sun does keep what it wanted: control.

Ok, just when have we asked anyone to “work pro bono for Sun” anyway? I must have missed that one.

I think we already have a significant OpenSolaris programming community that contributes to this kernel — most are currently employed by Sun Microsystems, and they live in various Solaris engineering groups. We are building a co-development process that leverages the Solaris development methodology and extends that to engage with non-Sun OpenSolaris developers who are coming from the entire Solaris base around the world. Over time, the project will diversify greatly, but we’ve only been open for a couple of months. Besides, I doubt any of these guys would “work pro bono for Sun” because they have their own jobs, and they have their own business and technical reasons for getting involved with the OpenSolaris project. That’s why I like this community so much — it has an undercurrent of seriousness, both business and technical.

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3 thoughts on “Pro Bono?

  1. sdestika … yah, we have some bureaucracy here, true, but we are exploring all the aspects of Solaris development in an ambitious attempt to update the entire systems and open it at the same time. We’ve already had 9 bugs fixed by the community and put back into the OpenSolaris base. There are many in the queue and we are trying to get sponsors assigned as quickly as we can. We launched with way less infrastructure than we had wanted, but we felt it was time to open the project so we could plan and implement the co-development model with community input. Bottom line: we are absolutely intent on getting the engineering right on this because it’s extremely complex.

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  2. [Trackback] There was a comment attached to one of
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  3. Sun and open source — It’s just like the Republicans and the economy. We have a roaring economy and the media says it’s a recession. Go figure.

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