Jeff Jackson, VP of Solaris opened our conference. He's now been in
the job for a while and is beginning to stamp his own ideas on the
future of Sun's implementation of OpenSolaris. He characterised his
view as moving from function to velocity; velocity has a direction. He
wants Solaris releases to meet a customer constituency rather than
become the result of a race between his developers.
Another key direction, in meeting our "best on Solaris" goal, his
different teams are being asked/told to align with each other, commit
to and utilise each others products to ensure our most committed
customers get synergy from our developers and development budget.
He announced that Sun is going to place more of its system software
into open source, including both Sun Ray & Cluster and that this
should be happening soon.
He spoke about the need to strategise around open source. I'm not a
fan of the word strategy, it tends to be overused and is often very
obviously about knowing what you want and measuring your actions
against it. However it also means understanding your choices and their
consequences; we need to know what are we looking for, how do the
communities govern themselves, how do co-developers join in, how do we
empower our customers and collaborators & how do we monetise the
Jeff spoke to us about the consequences of the Sun/Intel agreements.
Intel are going to OEM Solaris and they endorse it as the operating
system of choice for mission critical applications. This would be less important if Intel weren't the source of the infamous white boxes. Its obvious that
their competitors will need to respond and we should watch this space.
It's clear to me that Rich Green, who is interviewed here
on www.sun.com is beginning to make a difference, we're finally fixing
our arrogance, a fact re-inforced by Ian Murdock, who recently joined
Sun, you can't have missed it and also spoke this a.m. He emphasised that he's hoping to help Sun
learn from the Linux community because people still choose it and there
remain some good reasons to do so. It worked for me; on reflecting what he
said, I came to the conclusion we need to do better. Its about
substance not presentation.
tags: technology solaris opensolaris future