Sun official says open source needs governance

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The open-source software community is in a dilemma: How do you provide the most freedom to a diverse base of developers?

Simon Phipps, chief open-source officer for Sun Microsystems (Profile, Products, Articles) said Tuesday there are some key elements that could change to help. Phipps gave a keynote address Tuesday at the O'Reilly European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam, which runs through Thursday.

Licenses empower developers to access source code, but there are questions if it leaves motivation to develop code, Phipps said. "In actual fact, I would be very pleased to see fewer licenses in the world," he said.

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