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Sun's CEO: Open source "democratizes the network"

Sun is almost unarguably the world's largest contributor to open-source software. Now it's time to see if that investment can be made to pay.

Engadget has an interesting interview with Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz. Schwartz spends a lot of time talking about mobile, but also has this commentary on the importance of open-source software for network access...and Sun:

Unlike Microsoft and others, we actually view the success of the free software as a good thing, we are enormously pro-GPL, enormously pro free software, enormously pro the Mozilla license, the BSD license. Our view, is that we want to be known as the world's largest contributor and commercial supporter of free and open source software...because it enables the democratization of the network -- that creates more opportunity for us....I think its going to be an intersection of price and user experience that defines success.

Yes, but Larry Dignan pokes holes in whether that price/user experience equation will be enough to push Sun's business forward. I want to believe that it can, but it's true that Sun has a massive mountain to climb to make free software pay dividends.

Sun is almost unarguably the world's largest contributor to open-source software. Now it's time to see if that investment can be made to pay.