Simon Phipps (programmer)

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Simon Phipps at Open World Forum, Paris, 30 September 2010.

Simon Phipps is a computer scientist and web and open source advocate.

Phipps was instrumental in IBM's involvement in the Java programming language, founding IBM's Java Technology Center.[1] He left IBM for Sun Microsystems in 2000, taking leadership of Sun's open source programme from Danese Cooper.[2] Under Phipps, most of Sun's core software was released under open source licenses, including the Solaris operating system and the Java software platform.[3]

Phipps was not hired into Oracle as part of the acquisition of Sun Microsystems and his final day was March 8, 2010 when the two entities combined. Following Sun, he spent a year as Chief Strategy Officer of identity startup ForgeRock[4] before becoming an independent consultant.

Phipps is currently President of the Open Source Initiative[5][6] and a board member of the Open Rights Group[7] and of Open Source for America.[8] He has served on a number of advisory boards for other projects, including as CEO of the MariaDB Foundation,[9][10] the GNOME Foundation,[11] OpenSolaris,[12] OpenJDK,[13] and OpenSPARC.[14]

He appeared as a guest on episodes 39 and 113 of FLOSS Weekly and as a regular co-host, such as on episodes 124 and 201.


  1. ^ Ibm Java Evangelist Speaks Of Java Tsunami
  2. ^ Sun exec takes control of open source projects
  3. ^ The ripple effect of a GPL'd Java will reach far and wide
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  5. ^ OSI Board of Directors
  6. ^ "OSI Board Meeting Report". 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  7. ^ Open Rights Group Board of Directors
  8. ^ Open Source for America Board of Advisors
  9. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. (2013-04-23). "Look out, Oracle: SkySQL and MariaDB join forces". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  10. ^ "Simon Phipps". Google+. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  11. ^ About the GNOME Foundation
  12. ^ Board Election 2009/Change Constitution
  13. ^ OpenJDK Governance Board
  14. ^ OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board

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