Tearing Down Walls


Friday last week marked the passing of an era. Actually, two eras.


First, we delivered the first fruits of the Sun/Microsoft relationship. I want to thank the teams, both at Sun and Microsoft, for their persistence and dedication. I know we both had all kinds of divides to bridge, and you all did a great job. I’ve heard nothing but positives from our mutual customers (and I’ve divined as much from a few analysts too polite to speak with their mouths full, busily eating their hats🙂.


What we both demonstrated, interoperability of directory systems between Microsoft/Windows and the Java Enterprise System/Solaris, opens a world of opportunity. It’s increasingly clear that the management of identity – not simply security – will be the foundation of service oriented architectures. The question “who has access to what?” is the maturation of the question, “how do we keep the bad guys out?” – and answering it will be a priority for every CIO on the planet (courtesy of SOX), in addition to every media company (struggling to comprehend DRM).


Now I also want to ensure that everyone knows the IP that results from this relationship – to the extent our rights permit – will be available as a part of our OpenSolaris initiatives. We have no intent of ‘going proprietary,’ and some of the commentary theorizing we might is naive. Don’t expect us to open source Microsoft’s protocols – it’s their property, after all, to which we have a defined license. But certainly those technologies distributed with OpenSolaris/Solaris will be covered under the CDDL (and supported commercially).


(Parenthetically, I’d like to formally offer the CDDL to Professor Deepak Phatak of the Indian Institute of Technology, whose comments suggest we share a licensing philosopy. We designed the CDDL, leveraging the wonderful work done by the Mozilla Foundation, as a resuable license, to promote participation – along with community, opportunity and independence.)


The second momentous change announced last week was IBM’s decision to permit company employees to blog. It’s certainly a good step forward for a company increasingly seen as retreating to isolationism – so I want to welcome my colleagues at IBM to the blogosphere, and humbly offer Sun’s blogging policy as a template for your own. Tim and I give you permission to simply use ours. Just search/replace “Sun” with “IBM.”


We won’t even try to extract a punitive porting fee…

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