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. In 2015 he joined Wipro Technologies as director of their open source advisory practice.[5]

Phipps was President of the Open Source Initiative[6][7] until 2015 when he stepped down in preparation for the end of his Board term in 2016.[8] He is currently a board member of the Open Rights Group[9] and on the advisory board of Open Source for America.[10] He has served on a number of advisory boards for other projects, including as CEO of the MariaDB Foundation,[11][12] the GNOME Foundation,[13] OpenSolaris,[14] OpenJDK,[15] and OpenSPARC.[16]

He appeared as a guest on episodes 39 , 113 and 337 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. ^ Phipps, Simon. "New role at Wipro". Wild Webmink. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  6. ^ OSI Board of Directors
  7. ^ "OSI Board Meeting Report". 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  8. ^ Phipps, Simon. "Handing On The Baton". Open Source Initiative. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Open Rights Group Board of Directors
  10. ^ Open Source for America Board of Advisors
  11. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. (2013-04-23). "Look out, Oracle: SkySQL and MariaDB join forces". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  12. ^ "Simon Phipps". Google+. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  13. ^ About the GNOME Foundation
  14. ^ Board Election 2009/Change Constitution
  15. ^ OpenJDK Governance Board
  16. ^ OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board

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