Another commercial product (Solaris) going open source
Another sign of the power of Linux and open source: Solaris, one of the most popular commerical flavors of Unix, will be available under an open source license, Sun Microsystems confirmed recently. See the InfoWorld article "Sun to open source Solaris."
Interestingly, the article (which happens to be authored by a colleague from my days at IDG, Bob McMillan) notes that quite recently, "Sun's Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy was claiming that it would make little sense for Sun to freely release such a valuable asset."
I wonder to what degree McNealy still steers the Sun ship these days, given this turnabout, as well as the recent 180-degree turnaround in Sun's relationship with Microsoft. (See the related CNet article "Can Sun-Microsoft cease-fire halt the war?")