Does open-source rob from the poor and give to the rich?

One of the Big Ideas to come out of this year's JavaOne was Rich Green's claim that open-source is Robin Hood in reverse: steal from the poor and give to the rich:

"It really is a worrisome social artifact... I think in the long term that this is a worrisome scenario [and] not sustainable. We are looking very closely at compensating people for the work that they do."

Green said at the time that "something" would need to be done to share revenues with the open-source community, but had no details.

Well, now we might be getting some details. In advance of an announcement at the FOSS.IN conference, Sun's Simon Phipps has posted a blog on Getting Paid To Develop, which says that Sun will be creating just such a program:

"Just to give you a glimpse of what's happening, Sun will be announcing a multi-year award program in support of fostering innovation and advancing open source within our open source communities. [...] This year's participants include OpenSolaris, GlassFish, OpenJDK, OpenSPARC, NetBeans, and OpenOffice.org. This is a great opportunity for members of these open source communities to take their passion and creativity and push the innovation boundaries - and get paid in the process!"

As you've no doubt noticed, several of those projects are members of the java.net community, and this is a great development for contributors to those projects. And don't think that the location of the announcement means the program is India-only (as several commenters claimed); Simon posted a follow-up to clarify that this is to be a global program. We'll let you know when more details of the program are announced.


Also in Java Today, to coincide with the launch of NetBeans 6.0, this latest issue of NetBeans Magazinefeatures 62 pages of in-depth articles. Features include Roman Strobl on "Dynamic Web Development with Ruby and NetBeans 6.0", Peter Liu on "Building RESTful Web Services in NetBeans", Fabrizio Giudici on "Creative Uses of the Visual Library", and more.

The Aquarium updates us on a name change within the GlassFish project, in Mojarra - New Name, Same Good Quality for the JSF Implementation from GlassFish. "The JSF team at GlassFish has announced a new name for the project: Mojarra(as in the fish- although La Mojarra is also an interesting linkage). Ryanand Jason provide details on the why, but in a nutshell: "Mojarra" is is much shorter than "the JSF Production-Quality Reference Implementation from GlassFish"."


Joshua