Sun quickens pace, swirling even faster around the drain.

Ian Murdock (the ‘ian’ in Debian) is now the Chief Operating Platforms Officer at Sun.

I couldn’t say it any better than this comment already on the above blog posting :

Hiring someone who basically has run three failed companies isnt’ exactly signs of brilliance, Simon.

Debian = failed distro – Ubuntu is now the clear leader in that category

LSB = Failed Standards – Redhat hasn’t signed on.

Progeny = Failed company – I know of not ONE major customer using Progeny.

This is potentially troublesome – last time around the Madhatters derailed Solaris x86, now you’re hiring a Linux fanboy?. Sorry but Ian has contributed zero to Open Solaris or Solaris.

Why the FSCK can’t Sun promote some of the good people from within?. Right off the top: Rich Teer, Ben Rockwood, Chris Baker, Al Hopper have been doing yeomen’s service to Sun and the commnity. Simply dumb move, Simon.

Posted by sw on March 19, 2007 at 01:22 PM PDT #

They might yet manage to completely shoot their feet off. Amazing how long they have continued to flail about trying this that and the other thing to stay afloat. Good hardware. Good os. Weird/bad business practices.

Update: Blog comment above edited to include attribution. Sorry, missed that with my copy-paste earlier today.

Update2: In retrospect it could have been worse. They could have chosen ESR. Bwahaha.

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One Response to Sun quickens pace, swirling even faster around the drain.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yep, I’m the guy who left that commment on Simon’s page. It’s sheer lunacy – they might as well have hired Bruce Perens or RMS himself

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