☞ Exits and Endings

[An expanded version of this posting can be found on ComputerWorldUK]

  • Another of the key Solaris guys quits. A key figure in the development the ZFS storage appliance as well as of DTrace in Solaris kernel engineering, Mike was also the guy that shut down OpenSolaris for Oracle. I’m not sure there’s anyone left from the team of superstars whose new inventions made Solaris 10 so great.
  • “I believe that the JCP is no longer a credible specification and standards body, and there is no remaining useful role for an independent advocate for the academic and research community on the EC.”

  • James Gosling calls Steve Jobs on a serious untruth he’s spreading about the Java port. Truth is we always preferred platform providers to manage the port of Java as it led to a much better developer and user experience all round to have all the twiddly bits (especially the UI) done by the platform owner.
  • “LibreOffice is, after all, and until proven otherwise, a downstream version of OpenOffice.org, and as such deserves inclusion into the OpenOffice.org community. As for the fork itself, and because we’re still a downstream version of OpenOffice.org, forks become forks only when one of the boys refuse to play ball with the others; and the Oracle team of OpenOffice.org just did that.”

    Charles leaves the OO.o Community Council and leadership of the national language team. As someone once said, Rehost And Carry On.


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9 Responses

  1. All in all, I’m every day a little more worried by the Oracle policy and the future of Java. It seems to me that Oracle is doing worse for Free Open Source Software than even Microsoft itself could have done if it had acquired Sun.

    Also, it’s of no help that Apple is “deprecating” Java, together with this (again) Oracle anti-Android position, because this poses a minefield to all the free java-like implementations, not just Android and harmony. It leaves open many questions now, for example, will I be able to port OpenJDK to mobile devices (in the sense of making it a CDC etc… library, with my custom VM), or will I be sued for that?

    We will answer those questions at some point perhaps, but they leave us with a “FUD” kind of mood that it’s not helpful at all…

    Btw, Simon, on a completely different topic, I dreamt of you last night 🙂 we were in Bruxelles for the FOSDEM enjoying a beer with all the old guys and not worried much about the Oracle or Apple evilness, will you join us again this year?

  2. So Shapiro craps all over OpenSolaris and its community, then runs away? Classy dude.

  3. A small team of superstars made Solaris 10 great? Solaris is not a hobbyist project so I don’t understand why it’s all doom and gloom now. Yea, looks like everybody now loves to hate Oracle but let’s be reasonable for a sec.

  4. I can’t help but wonder whether the apparent suddenness with which Apple has replaced Microsoft as the free software community’s favorite “Wholly Owned Subidiary of Hell™” might have to do with their success with the iPhone, iPad and App Store.

    A more generous reading of Jobs’ typically terse email response—since I assume that he’s well aware that Apple had engineers assigned to adapting the JDK for OS X—is that Sun (now Oracle) does indeed supply the basis for a JDK on all platforms, and on its own release schedule, unrelated to anything that Apple’s doing. At that point, it’s up to Apple to adapt it, which does indeed leave them constantly a release behind the curve (not to mention using valuable engineering time to support a technology which may or may not be consonant with Apple’s overall strategy, a strategy which, whether you like it or not, they seem entitled to have).

    Calling Jobs a “liar” over something like this seems way over the top to me.

    • I think the disingenuous absence of any mention of competitive motives that triggers this sort of reaction – wherever it happens and whoever does it. It’s not like Jobs was forced to only use 140 characters, after all.

      As for Microsoft and Apple, I’m not impressed by people saying that because a given posting fails to mention $company there’s obviously bias. I had some Microsoft guy trying that on over on twitter earlier when I commented on them & OpenStack. It merely signals a belief that support for software freedom involves an unhinged radicalism. I’m pleased to say that’s not mandatory.

      • Sorry, Simon: I wasn’t suggesting that you had an undue focus on Apple. I’m more noting that there seems to be an upswelling in community lambasting of Apple—let me note outright fabrications regarding “Apple patenting LLVM” in recent weeks, as well as rather distorted claims that Apple was “blocking contributions to GCC”, as some of the more egregious examples.

        Having exchanged a number of emails with Steve, while I’ll agree that he’s not limited to 140 characters, if he were, I don’t believe it would make much difference in his email style…

  5. It merely signals a belief that support for software freedom involves an unhinged radicalism. I’m pleased to say that’s not mandatory.

    Oh, I agree with you. Unfortunately—as I note in my own blog today—there’s a very vocal contingent that disagrees strongly with you and me on this, starting with the leadership of the FSF.

    Oddly, they’re apparently in the vanguard of the “Slam Apple” brigade, with questionable, yet highly public, “enforcement actions” against the iTunes App Store. I’m waiting for the “OS X Commandments” site to go up, and hoping they can find a web designer who’s learned something since 1995. (What does it say that these protests are so frequently couched in religious terms, anyway?)

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