The Network Has Become a Social Utility — Jonathan Schwartz
I wish I had better notes, but I was enthralled by Jonathan Schwartz’s (CEO, President, Sun Microsystems) keynote. It was truly, very amazing an influential. He’s a great speaker, and very motivated (and I think he’s motivated a lot of the audience).
What is Sun’s Agenda?
Similar values, cultures, and similar dysfunction’s like any family.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center – 500 teraflop “open” super-comptuing facility.
“Computational science is the third mode of discovery, complementing physical experimentation and theory” — Daniel Atkins III, Director, Office of Cyberinfrastruture, National Science Foundation
The industry has valid, legitimate scientific purpose.
Improving society as a result of that understanding. What does it take to fuel developing economies? Or to make new scientific discoveries?
In Africa, a bank is giving mobile phones, to allow folk to increase wealth! The wealth is in the network, it can’t be stolen anymore.
An open source phone? Stay tuned, Sun thinks that industry needs to be disrupted.
What does it take to connect with your friends? MySQL :)
Like electricity, like clean water… “The Network has become a Social Utility”
I want Sun to be a Great Company, and a good company. You can’t buy the community. The greater you are, the “gooder” you are. Work with communities, drive innovation, and more opportunity is created for all.
Jonathan shows a map of places where all the blue dots are where people download MySQL. Take the map away, and you’ll see a beautiful picture. Its already the majority of the planet for instance. These folk, have decided that there is a demand for open source software.
Free software is taking over the world.
Today ZFS is under a CDDL license, but rumour has it, that this will change in the future.
“The Future Will Be Defined by Free… and Freedom”
“We want to be in control of our own destiny” – all those places downloading software… Freedom matters to me, because I want access to my own stuff.
The Amazon. Comprises of 10,000 rivers. They all fuel the Amazon River. Open source, is an ecosystem of many rivers… Sun is saying we’re pro-opensource, pro-free software. Put commitment behind many communities.
Individuals are making choices… MySQL might be used even without CIOs knowing!
Secret plot? Let people download, try it, use it, and they’ll change their view of how good it is. And there’s economic benefit (for Sun).