The Bottom Line for Open Source: Volume Leads to Revenue
In a recent Q&A with ComputerWorld, Simon Phipps, chief open-source officer at Sun, discussed Sun's strategy and schedule for open-sourcing its software. Besides the Java programming language, open source of Sun's middleware is in the works, including a portal server, an identity server, and a Web server.
The bottom line, according to Phipps: "[W]hen we create volume, we'll create revenue."Separately, Bob Brewin, Sun's new software co-CTO, indicated in an interview that open-sourcing the Java programming language will occur in stages. Some components will be available by next June but it'll be a while before the entire platform is released.