I did an interview last evening with John Markoff, of pretexting fame, at the Churchill Club (a Silicon Valley community gathering). I’ll point to the links as soon as they’re up – I tried to hijack the interview to reverse roles, so I could interview John on what it was like to be snooped on (his response, “it wasn’t the first time”).
We talked about a variety of topics – from leadership and politics, to the changing open source landscape. On the latter, from where I sit, we’re seeing an increasing schism in the market, separating those that protect their customers at the expense of the open source community, from those that protect the community while leaving customers vulnerable. Our view is you have to respect both, and that we’ve effectively threaded the needle with both OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC, and Sun’s commercial derivatives of both – and that those best practices will guide our approach going forward. If you want proof, stay tuned for next week’s announcements. (It won’t be a boring week.)
John and I also spent some time talking about corporate transparency and shareholder communities (I’d just presented, that morning, to a group of Sun shareholders at Sun’s Annual Shareholder meeting, links and audiocast here (and yes, to the commenter who suggested we need to refresh our file formats for technology neutrality, you’re quite right, stay tuned).
As I’ve said before, transparency and efficiency are obligations as much as opportunities – a better informed investor can make better decisions, just like a better informed customer or developer.