If there were a Nobel Prize in braggadocio, who would win it?

Though there is no Nobel Prize in braggadocio, there is little doubt who would be the first to win were it to be created.

See the following excerpt from Sun Announces Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program (emphasis added):

About Sun and Open Source

Sun Microsystems made a public commitment to Free and Open Source software (FOSS) and in doing so has contributed billions of dollars, as well as more code, to Free software than any other organization in the public or private sector. In addition to leveraging many industry-wide open source projects, Sun has taken the unique step of opening its core software, hardware and storage technologies and sharing them as Free and open source. This action enables Sun to build its products through the preferred means of co-production and to grow the potential market for Sun products and services by directly attracting users to a free platform, while allowing developers the freedom to identify new opportunities and therefore new markets for the technologies.

I wonder where those billions of dollars that Sun has contributed to open-source shows up in its financial statements. Who got that money? RMS? ESR? BB? LT? RL? GR?

Sure as hell not DS, last time I checked.

The real innovation here is in temerity.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 12, 2007 at 15:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Yes, Open Source is definately a “coral reef” and Sun has mined it fro the very beginning:

    BSD Unix

    But they have kicked nack a few open source “standards”: NFS, “Yellow Pages”/NIS, and the “Open Office Suite”. They seem to be making these “contributions” a differentiator against MS, HP, IBM and Dell.

    Since I have a lot of Sun stock (from 13 years as an employee) I’d like to see the strategy of opening Solaris, SPARC and Java pay off in real revenue.

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