In its June 2007 edition, Linux Journal interviewed Simon Phipps, the Chief Open Source Officer at SUN Microsystems. In answer to the question, “what’s your vision of the world where open source is a major part of computing?” Simon responded:

The way you make money [in an open source world] is not by locking people in with a license at the beginning, but rather by providing the capabilities people want once they’re running things. In a meshed world, what helps you be successful in a business is influence. And, you get influence not by power but by being valuable. My vision is that we’re switching over to this new world of influence instead of control, of value instead of power, of participation instead of distribution.”

Notes

Glyn Moody, “Interview with Simon Phipps,” Linux Journal 158 (2007): 48

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