Sun was recently the perfect example of why many companies don't invest more in open source software. Sun was accused of hardball open source project tactics. Many companies are afraid to start working on open source software projects because they are afraid they might make a mistake - and mistakes in the open source world are very public, feedback is harsh and the negative publicity sticks around for a long time on the internet.
Sun's story important for companies to understand because it shows how the relationship between companies and projects can go sour - especially when the company employees working on the project don’t agree with management on what’s to be done. It’s not clear what exactly happened and what was cause and effect but it looks like:
So what should companies working on open source software projects do?
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