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Sun didn't just make vague statements to me about OpenSolaris; they made promises about it being an open development project. That's the only way they could get someone like me to provide free labor for their benefit. Given Sun's recent track record on breaking promises, another one doesn't surprise me at all. ... Sun gave up its right to make arbitrary decisions regarding the phrase "OpenSolaris" as part of its public agreement with the community in the form of the Charter. ... Sun agreed that "OpenSolaris" would be governed by the community and yet has refused, in every step along the way, to cede any real control over the software produced or the way it is produced, ... Rather than be honest about it and restructure the community to correspond to this MySolaris style of over-the-wall development, Sun prefers to lie to the external community members while ignoring their input. Yes, Sun has the legal right to make that decision, just as it has a legal right to dissolve the charter and start over with a new governance model. The choices being made are NOT the problem. The problem is the way that the choices are being made WHILE, at the same time, portraying the project in public as a community-driven effort. ... Sun should move on, dissolve the charter that it currently ignores, and adopt the governing style of MySQL.
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In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Collabora, SUSE, Novell, The Document Foundation, Spaghetti Hurlers (International), or anyone else. It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy. Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences or fun.Michael Meeks (email@example.com)