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Articles by Matthew McKenzie
posted in January 2005
This week, Sun delivered the first product of its rekindled open-source romance: the Solaris DTrace utility. And now, rumor has it, Open Solaris could get a surprise sibling, as Sun executives revisit the idea of open-sourcing the company's Java Enterprise System.
Thunderbird, Mozilla's open-source messaging client, hasn't yet won the same giant-killing reputation as its older sibling, Firefox. Recently, a group of developers checked a new feature into the Thunderbird code tree that demonstrates how it could, like Firefox, hit the big time by attracting users who are tired of having their pockets picked every time they go online.
Can Sun sell its open-source vision for Solaris 10 to the developers who will play a major role deciding whether it succeeds or fails?
The wheels of justice do, indeed, turn slowly: My grandmother could run flaming circles around the creeping horror that is the SCO-IBM lawsuit. Yet this week, the magistrate presiding over pre-trial discovery in the case threw on the brakes again, granting part of SCO's request that IBM produce all of the code for its AIX and Dynix operating systems.
When a company faces opposition that could cost it billions of dollars, one solution is to spend whatever it takes and do whatever is necessary to grind its adversaries into dust. The other solution is to use charm and subtle persuasion to turn enemies into friends. This week, I see about 500 reasons why IBM is purusing the latter approach to protect its interests in the European Union.