Chief Open Source Officer
Simon Phipps is the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, directing Sun's extensive global participation in free and open source software communities and standards bodies and actively participating in the conversation they express.
A computer industry insider of 20+ years standing, Simon has worked in such hands-on roles as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst as well as being involved at a strategic level in some of the world’s leading computer companies. Fascinated by the idea of ‘action at a distance’, he worked with OSI standards in the eighties, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the nineties, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He joined Sun in mid-2000, where he helped evolve the changes in philosophy that are bearing fruit today.
He is currently the Chair of the OpenSolaris governing board, and is serving on the Advisory Boards of GNOME, OpenJDK and OpenSPARC and takes an active interest in several other free/open source software communities. He holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society where he is on the committee of his local branch.
Simon lives in the UK with his family but is based in Silicon Valley in the US. With membership of airline frequent flyer clubs thus taken care of, he is free to indulge in his favourite pastimes of reading, writing poetry, collecting music, taking photographs and playing with cool toys
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