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Simon Phipps

Currently CEO of open source management consulting firm Meshed Insights, computer industry veteran Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies. He has worked in roles such as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. He worked with OSI standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. President of the global Open Source Initiative and a director of the UK's Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital liberty and software freedom and is a widely read thought-leader with a regular column on ComputerWorldUK.

He spent a decade at Sun Microsystems where he helped pioneer Sun’s employee blogging, social media and community engagement programmes. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, co-ordinating Sun’s extensive participation in Free and Open Source software communities until he left in 2010. In that role he oversaw the conversion to Free software of the Java platform, Solaris UNIX, the SPARC architecture and the rest of Sun’s portfolio, all under open source licenses. An outspoken advocate of the value of Open Document Format (ODF) for businesses and governments, he has been an advisor to local and national government agencies across Europe, the Pacific Rim and Latin America as they have devised and implemented strategies around Free and Open Source software.

He holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. His personal home page and blog is


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Brazil - the Global Java Leader?

Posted by webmink on April 14, 2005 at 5:52 PM PDT

I've just left an exciting week in Brazil where I had the honour to be a part of the strong and extensive Java family there. I've written before about Brazil so you may already know the respect I have for the steps the government there is taking to promote community-based software development.

Announcing Coyote

Posted by webmink on March 16, 2005 at 8:23 AM PST

I'm pleased to announce that the Coyote project is now open for business. Coyote is a module for NetBeans that adds support for scripting, initially Jython and Groovy. It's in its early days but we'd welcome involvement from all scripting users on the Java platform.

JavaOne - Party Party Party

Posted by webmink on June 22, 2004 at 7:36 PM PDT

There' s a free event for the Java Communities on Tuesday night too - 6-9pm in the Argent hotel, Metro 3 room. I gather there will be free food and drink to be consumed in the company of community representatives from each of the Java communities (, JXTA, Jini and the JCP who I gather are the hosts) and that everyone is welcome.

JavaOne Blogger Meetup

Posted by webmink on June 22, 2004 at 6:44 PM PDT

Got a Java blog? Come to the joint Java blogging community informal meet-up next Monday. Details at the Atlassian site, please blog that you're coming & trackback to

Heroes of Code

Posted by webmink on June 18, 2004 at 8:11 PM PDT

Tucked away in the corner of the FISL exhibit hall in Porto Alegre was a stand staffed by the Brazilian group - enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming.

Market Share or Sponsor Share?

Posted by webmink on June 10, 2004 at 4:39 PM PDT

According to Kirk Pepperdine, Gartner does not include open source application servers in their surveys. Two interesting comments from Kirk's article:

The next question is, how does open source get reported? By definition, open source draws no licensing revenues and by definition carries a 0% market share.

Going With The Flow

Posted by webmink on May 12, 2004 at 7:24 AM PDT

In a recent posting on my personal blog, I commented on the different kinds of postings people make to blogs.

NeoOffice/J takes another stride

Posted by webmink on January 30, 2004 at 11:10 AM PST

Patrick Luby let me know that he's released v0.8 of NeoOffice/J, the Java-front-ended version of for Mac OS X. And that he's added Clipboard support! WoooHoo! Way to go Patrick! It's getting sooo close.

JDS & LookingGlass Webcast Coming

Posted by webmink on January 29, 2004 at 7:23 PM PST

I hear from my friend Neal that the webcast next Tuesday showing Java Desktop System should be good.

Big speed step in NeoOffice/J 0.7.1

Posted by webmink on January 4, 2004 at 12:02 PM PST

My friend Max has a new 17" Powerbook so we spent the afternoon gathering the extra software he wanted to get up to fully productive speed. Among the downloads was NeoOffice/J v0.7.1, Patrick Luby's latest release of his Java-front-ended