Subject: Re: What should Sun do?
From: Adam Turoff <>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 09:55:20 -0500

On Wed, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:55:07AM -0800, Anthony Long wrote:
> <quote who="Russell Nelson">
> > Why not just donate it to the Mozilla Foundation, or the Gnome
> > Foundation, or the Open Source Initiative, or the Public Software
> > Fund, or the Free Software Foundation?  What purpose would another
> > non-profit serve?
> Another issue to consider is what would happen to the Sun paid developers
> if one of your scenarios played out?  It's not like there are many (if
> any) developers outside of those paid by Sun that know the code intimately
> to advance it further than it is today.  

Can you explain why that would be relevant?  IBM started Eclipse and
turned it over to the Eclipse Foundation, but they still fund some
Eclipse development.  Neither OSDL nor IBM own Linux, but they still pay
developers.  Ditto Sun and hundreds of other open source projects that
are not OOo.

> Would the Public Software Fund be
> able to bear the costs of 100 or so developers?

Why is that be a requirement?  If Sun did turn over OOo to the
Elbonian Software Liberation Foundation of Elbonia, why would Sun stop
paying developers to work on OOo, and why would the the Elbonians need
to take on that role?

-- Adam