Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
A few years ago, we might have counted Sun out. However, Sun’s focus on open source and willingness to look to Linux for inspiration (note the hiring of Ian Murdock to help its Solaris efforts) shows that there’s some fight left in Sun after all.
Of course, the company makes the news no matter what– Sun has never been shy about publicizing itself– but we think that the company is actually going to be showing some vital growth in 2008.
In particular, Sun’s commitment to being open with their technologies over the past few years has impressed us that the company “gets it” when it comes to what customers are looking for — open solutions that don’t lock customers in.
In addition to OpenSolaris, the open source process for Java is of extreme interest. We hope to see the entire Java codebase available as open source in 2008, which should lead to all sorts of fun.