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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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Posted by webmink on June 10, 2003 at 11:05 AM PDT

The last few years I have been privileged to moderate a round-table discussion between the leaders of the J2EE community, hosted by JavaPro magazine. Each year I'm struck by the way there is a diverse competitive landscape for Java.

Java - to Mars and beyond!

Posted by webmink on June 10, 2003 at 9:22 AM PDT

Dinner last night was an excellent opportunity to meet Ronald Mak, a researcher at NASA Ames who is respoonsible for the middleware powering the information feeds used by Mars Probe scientists. You may remember seeing the way NASA was using Java at past JavaOne conferences, but it's really come a long way since then.


Posted by webmink on June 9, 2003 at 9:38 AM PDT

I'm now in a cold & grey San Francisco and my hotel room overlooks Moscone Convention Center. The new Java logo is scattered all over the buildings and billboards, and there are people everywhere building stands and making preparations for the influx.

Webmink About Town

Posted by webmink on June 8, 2003 at 11:30 PM PDT

Visit Webmink.NetI've been blogging for 18 months or so over on my personal page so it's a delight to finally be able to write under the banner.