Simon Phipps is Open Source Initiative President
In the midst of reform, the OSI gets the perfect man as president to oversee it
Phipps was appointed this past weekend at the OSI Board
Meeting in Chicago and will replace the outgoing retiring
President Michael Tiemann.
At the forefront of
the OSI’s intended reform (for which they’ve called upon
Eclipse and Apache for advice), Phipps is the ideal choice for the
role, having been instrumental in a number of recent OSI decisions.
The aforementioned reform is key here, with the OSI searching to
open up like the foundations they’ve sought for advice. This led
to the creation of Open
Source Initiative affiliation, bringing big communities
like FreeBSD, Mozilla, Debian, and Creative Commons, along with
Eclipse and Apache, on board as affiliates.
Phipps told the H that his “focus for the year is to
enable that transformation into an organisation fulfilling the
first paragraph of OSI’s mission and led by those it seeks to
represent”. This is great to hear, bringing the most important
point of the OSI to the floor – to build bridges and educate others
of open source benefits.
Based in Southampton, Simon Phipps has long been associated with
open source methods, having worked with OSI standards in
the 1980s before helping introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He was
a founding Director of the Open Mobile Alliance. In the past
decade, Phipps joined Sun Microsystems becoming a
fundamental part of their social media strategy and community
engagement. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Open Source Officer,
coordinating Sun’s extensive participation in Free and Open Source
software communities until he left in 2010. In that role he oversaw
the conversion to free software of the full Java platform, the
Solaris UNIX operating system, the SPARC architecture and the rest
of Sun’s broad software portfolio, all under OSI-approved Free
Congratulations Simon, we’re sure you’ll do a
fantastic job for the organisation!