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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 http://webmink.com

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It's been two years since I posted here last, but life has been busy with open source all the same.

After nearly 10 years at Sun, and 5 years as Chief Open Source Officer, I have now left Sun. You can read my reflections on those years on my new...

My comments are over on my "real" blog, but I felt today was a day to share with java.net :-)

I'm interviewed today on IT Conversations and the blog links take listeners to some less used places in my blog-o-rama, so this...

If you are in San Francisco next week and you have a blog, you are invited to the Java Bloggers Beer Bash at ,A HREF="http://www.thirstybear.com/">the Thirsty Bear on Wednesday evening. It's...

I'm just sitting on a preparatory call for JavaOne, and someone mentioned that people with a full conference pass can actually reserve a seat at the technical sessions. Just go use the...

For the last few months I've been writing an occasional series on the issues surrounding open sourcing Sun's Java implementations over on my...

As I mentioned yesterday on my other blog,I have just confirmed with the folks at the Thirsty Bear that we can have...

I just got off stage at JavaOne Japan, where I was talking about Open Source - the philosophy, the community, the reality. After the talk I was asked how important the union of open source and...

I was privileged this morning to be the Sun executive doing the morning news call for the world's press at 7:15am here in San Francisco, and thus I had the pleasure of being the one to announce...

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...

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...

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...

Got a Java blog? Come to the joint Java blogging community informal meet-up next Monday. Details at the...

Tucked away in the corner of the FISL exhibit hall in Porto Alegre was a stand staffed by the Brazilian OpenOffice.org group...

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

Patrick Luby let me know that he's released v0.8 of NeoOffice/J, the Java-front-ended version of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X. And that he's added...

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

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...

While we're celebrating the third birthday of OpenOffice.org, I'd like to pass huge congratulations to Patrick Luby...

I commented recently that, while we can each take steps to prevent virus and worm attacks on our computer systems,...

In the first posting in her new weblog, Anne Thomas Manes talks about the idea of porting...

It was interesting at LinuxWorld (back near the start of August) to see how many people from Microsoft were attending. Indeed, at both my session and the one with Sterling Ball, a show of hands...

In his recent posting on java.net Alan Williamson asks how open source software can ever be profitable. I believe his thinking confuses two...

Supernova is part of what The Register calls "a giddy social whirl of conferences...

I have commented to a few people that Blogging is a Big Deal.

One link I've been surprised not to see yet on java.net is a link to the web site run by Sun's Open Source Project Office, SunSource.net. It's not exactly a...

While totally invisible to the bulk of humanity, there's been a storm in a soup bowl of late as the Great and Good of blog-tech have been focussed into a...

I just signed up to deliver one of the industry perspective talks at Supernova in Washington DC.