IT Jungle reported yesterday that Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian Linux distro and formerly of The Linux Foundation, has joined Sun Microsystems to guide the company's operating systems platform strategy.
What Murdock's responsibilities are at this point is somewhat murky, but IT Jungle predicts that he will bridge Sun's engineering and marketing organizations in his role as liaison between those working on OpenSolaris and those working on the commercial version of the OS.
Murdock himself is evasive as to what he'll be doing, only noting in his blog that he will urge Sun to "decrease the usability gap" between Solaris and Linux and to make Linux a more significant part of the operating system strategy, among other things.
Until now, Sun's position on Linux has been that Solaris is better. It will be interesting to see if Murdock's arrival changes that philosophy.