Intel snaffles Sun's open source champion

Intel has poached one of the main open source advocates at Sun Microsystems.

Intel has poached one of the main open source advocates at Sun Microsystems.

It is not clear what open source plans Intel has as a result of hiring Sun's Danese Cooper, but she has been partly responsible for turning Sun from a proprietary software company to one now genuinely engaging with the open source community.

Cooper, who sits on the board of the Open Source Initiative, joined Sun as it started to release elements of its Java software under the Sun Community Source Licence.

She then went on to promote the Sun's fully open source OpenOffice software suite as an alternative to Microsoft's Office, and was recently involved in the launch of the company's OpenSolaris programme.

OpenSolaris licenses Sun's main operating system to open source developers.

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