From 'Titanic' to 'Awesome' - Open Source Continuity In Practice

Simon Phipps (Meshed Insights Ltd)
Location: D136
Tags: community, sun
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)

We’ve all heard it said: “you can be confident using open source software, because if the company goes away, the community lives on.” Does it actually work? We’re about to find out.

With the acquisition of Sun by Oracle, a number of open source products were quietly dropped, to the consternation of thousands of customers worldwide. The community response was the creation of ForgeRock and a commitment to make things carry on – and even improve.

Hear from ForgeRock founders Lasse Andresen and Simon Phipps the how, the why and the when, and judge for yourself.

Photo of Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps

Meshed Insights Ltd

Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with X-series standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM, and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems. He is now managing director of Meshed Insights Ltd

As a director of the Open Source Initiative and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator at InfoWorld and his own Webmink blog.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.

Comments on this page are now closed.


Deborah Lewis
07/22/2010 6:30pm PDT

nice discussion of factors to consider when evaluating the viability of an open source project. None of these should be a surprise, but nice pulling-together of what to look for, these can be very useful when choosing an open source package in the first place.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.
  • ActiveState
  • CommonPlaces
  • DB Relay
  • FireHost
  • GoDaddy
  • HP
  • HTSQL by Prometheus Research
  • Impetus Technologies Inc.
  • Infobright, Inc
  • JasperSoft
  • Kaltura
  • Marvell
  • Mashery
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • Oracle
  • Parallels
  • PayPal
  • Percona
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rhomobile
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SourceGear
  • Symbian
  • VoltDB
  • WSO2
  • Linux Pro Magazine

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at

Download the OSCON Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Media Partner Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences or contact mediapartners@

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at

OSCON Newsletter

To stay abreast of conference news and to receive email notification when registration opens, please sign up for the OSCON Newsletter (login required)

OSCON 2.0 Ideas

Have an idea for OSCON to share?

Contact Us

View a complete list of OSCON contacts