Sean Hull - Oracle Open Source Projects - The Interviews:
"This story is really about tinkerers, folks that like to play with technologies, and offer up their creations to everyone. Some end up with serious projects on their hands, and a large following. When Oracle ported to Linux, it was a moment for the tinkerers to get busy.
We've managed to contact the authors of six Oracle Open Source projects, and ask them a few questions about their projects, and how they got started."
[Disclosure: I'm one of the software authors interviewed.]