Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Musing on Sun

As one can imagine I've been getting a lot of questions about the Sun acquisition.

"Will you still blog?"

"Will MySQL be rewritten in Java"

"Can I get a picture of you in the "Java, the best replacement for Cobol" t-shirt?"

I also hear things. Good stories about Sun, bad stories about Sun. A lot of past history on poor attempts at open source libraries which people still think are current.

A lot of very happy people over Open Office's existence.

Someone asked me if Sun was likely to be sold to Microsoft (huh?).

What no one has asked me so far is what should an open source advocate/programmer going into Sun should try to do.

In general I believe strongly in a combination of "let a thousand flowers bloom" and "be afraid to die until you win some victory for humanity".

More open source is good; software patents kill innovation.

A few thoughts:

Get Sun to deliver a patch for Dtrace to the Linux Kernel?

Open Source Teamware?

Open source the C compiler (is it already?)

What would you ask for?
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