Floss with Simon Phipps

The TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte

Wow. So many take-aways from the interview with this gentleman who is in charge of open source and open standards at Sun.

”How did it happen that we got proprietary software in the first place? It was an unintended consequence. IBM had to start witholding source code in order to comply with the court’s consent decree.” (Anti-trust suit brought in 1969, verdict in 1983.)

”When you create a system, you inevitably create the game that plays it.”

”How do you monetize in the open source world? You charge at the point where the user finds value, rather than at the promise of value, which is the old proprietary model.” (For this particular quote, 28 minutes into the 70 minutes long interview.)

But mostly Simon, Leo and Randall talk on the issues of transparency, privacy, secrecy and the inevitalble coming of communities around Open Source.

I will edit this post, or follow up with more posts on this tremendously important topic, as soon as I’ve found time to dig deeper into Sinom’s writings and doings.


3 kommentarer på “Floss with Simon Phipps

  1. Thanks for your comment. I just listened for the third time and it’s amazing how succinct Simon is. I am, together with a few Stockholm based friends, considering wrinting on the ”Post-transparent society”. Could, should, be thought provoking and hopefully illustrate in rear-view-mirror the society Simon sees as inevitable. I’ll keep you posted!


  2. He’s certainly a bright guy and identifies many of the trends in social modelling though complex analytics, leading to a new view of Economics and evolution of social systems. It fits exactly the work publicised by Eric D. Beinhocker in ”The Origin of Wealth”, and it seems to me inevitable that he’s correct – in the longer term, transparency (with privacy) will prevail simply because it’s a better evolutionary model than a proprietary one.

    I’m impressed with his classification of the four stages of Open Source (the company I’m with is at the beginning of the third phase) – Secrecy, Open API, Published Source and Community-owned.

    Extremely thought-provoking. It’s been echoing around my head ever since I heard it. Well done for capturing it.


  3. Yeah, even though I was *there*, I think I’ll be listening to this interview three or four times just to let it sink all in. I know I had quite a few jaw-dropping moments during the interview, and I’ve been doing FLOSS advocacy for a long time. I’m really happy we got him on the show!

    Oh, and thanks for listening, and tell your friends! If you have ideas for future shows, write me at merlyn@stonehenge.com.



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