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Daily Dose - Simon Phipps' Last Day at Sun

03.10.2010
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Simon Phipps' Last Day at Sun  
Just a few months short of his 10th anniversary, Simon Phipps is retiring from Oracle (formerly Sun) according to his blog.  For five years Phipps was the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun, and while he was there he helped liberate many technologies from proprietary licenses, including Unix, Java, key elements of Linux, and the SPARC chip.  He also helped create the GPL v3 open source license.  Phipps also mentioned some of the disappointments in his time at Sun, which included Apache not getting the TCK license they requested, never having co-developers as a priority for various product teams, and not getting "the code for some of those projects permanently outside the Sun firewall."  Many of the comments on Phipps' farewell blog post pay tribute to the man who helped make Sun one of the most (if not the most) influential open source companies to date.

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