March 8 turned out to be Simon Phipps' last day at Sun (news, site) / Oracle (news, site). What does that mean for his pet projects, and Oracle's plans for Sun's open source properties?

It's Been Quite a Ride

When looking back at Phipps' time with Sun, he's overseen the release of a number of properties into the world of open source:

In addition to these accomplishments, he also appears proud of his involvement in The OpenDocument format, the "corporate blogging revolution" and other parts of the open source community. 

What's Next for Phipps?

While Phipps says that he hasn't decided what he's doing next, he's still up for election for the OpenSolaris Governing Board. If elected, this would bring him to the mandatory three term limit so it would be his last term on the Board.

In this post, Phipps makes his election platform clear and also links to his candidate statement. 

What Might this Mean for Oracle and Open Source?

Oracle has stated that much of the activities happening across the various Sun developer communities will be integrated into the Oracle Technology Network. The company has also stated that popular conferences such as JavaOne will both continue and travel outside the US.

Many writers covering both companies and the open source community have wrung their hands in concern over what Oracle might do with key open source projects. Others, such as Ryan Paul, suggested that Oracle's has strategic reasons for handling projects like MySQL, Java and OpenSolaris in a way that might turn out well for the community.

Only time will tell where it all leads. But whoever's leading the open source charge at Oracle, it isn't Simon Phipps.