Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: Adam Turoff <ziggy@panix.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 11:15:44 -0400

On Thu, Sep 19, 2002 at 07:40:43AM -0700, Danese Cooper wrote:
> At the risk of being flamed, I must point out that Sun
> runs several FSBs.   [...]
> 
> So, are these FSBs or not?

Sun's role in the free/open source community is rather charged.

Instead of discussing the specifics of Sun's case, how about
switching to a hypothetical case.  Suppose Honda Motor Co. (developers
of the ASIMIO) were to release a toolkit for robotics.  Honda's revenue
comes from selling motor vehicles, with a miniscule fraction coming from
sales of robots.  They develop the software used in ASIMO, make it open
source, and host community resources for that software (web site,
mailing lists, CVS repository, etc.).

Under what circumstances would Honda be classified as a FSB?

Similarly, under what circumstances could Disney be classified as a FSB?
Their revenue comes from selling content and extending copyright 
protection in the US, yet they provide a home to Squeak.

Z.