Plenary: Angus MacDonald, Sun Microsystems
Wed Sep 1 23:34:27 EST 2004
Challenges around OSS
- Not really free - there's a 5-10% cost in getting the source code, so there's a TCO involved (what? A question was asked but he wasn't certain as to how to clarify)
- Plethora of licenses - what do you choose? How do you not step on the toes of another license?
- Who indemnifies you from IP, patents, and patent violations?
- Interesting dilemma in regards to funding - projects fail when funding ends, or when the government stops support. Its important to have funding all the time.
- Need support structure - local, even
Why (Sun) do(es) OSS?
- Shared innovation (helps increase the developer count, which Sun themselves can never afford)
- Customer & Partner benefits
- Increased quality & security
- Future direction (is going to be OSS)
- Sociological phenomenon
- Base for future evolution
Sun's JDS - Subscription based model, just like RHEL. Also, visit www.sunsource.net to see all the OSS projects Sun's involved in.