Sun Adopts RSS
Sun Microsystems will become the first major platform vendor to commit to the RSS syndication technology, says Sun EVP Jonathan Schwartz in an exclusive chat with eWEEK's Steve Gillmor.In an exclusive conversation with Sun Executive Vice President Jonathan Schwartz and eWEEK Contributing Editor Steve Gillmor, the software chief revealed Suns plans to adopt RSS (Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary) as a fundamental transport for developer communications and community building. Schwartz: Theres a broad scale realization within Sun Microsystems that communities are increasingly informed through RSS. My CTO John Fowler commanded a portion of my staff meeting away from my agenda to have a parade of those who manage RSS communities in Sun come in and talk to me and my staff about the extent to which this is an extremely powerful mechanism of getting information and creating communities. Sun Microsystems has always been about communities. Those communities early on in the companys existence were probably nowhere near as well connected as they are today, certainly in nowhere near the same real-time mechanism as they are today. And RSS is increasingly becoming the principal means of real-time communication.
If you look now all across Sun and our developer properties, youre seeing RSS feeds little blogs and wikis popping up everywhere. That to me is more representative of what needs to be our mainstream strategy rather than the work of a few creative individuals who want to have our big admin portal picked up by people who care about Solaris system administration.