Ian Murdoch, the founder of the extremely popular Debian system, has just picked up an offer from Sun Microsystems. He will be joining them towards aligning the strategy of the company towards fighting the competitive edge that linux has ( and yes it does have an edge on things like drivers and usability features ). Maybe fighting is not the right word but aligning is.
Ian has been supportive of the Debian/Ubuntu packaged OpenSolaris distro -Nexenta and has giving his reasoning on his blog. He essentially beleives that open source under any license serves the end goal of being better for the community eventually. Ofcourse the blinded and half baked comments of the so called Linux gurus on his site show how much people are blinded by their incomplete facts based faith.
There's no doubt that he is good, the bonus is that he has a soft spot for Sun too. And the fact that Sun is actually hiring such a guy shows that Sun is really fighting hard to make sure it understands all the aspects of the open source game and Ian is just the right kinda person to help.