Thursday Mar 08, 2007

Sun’s Open Source Contribution: $2 Billion, Dozens of Projects and Yes that includes Apache Derby

A nice spotlight on Open Source and Sun's contribution. Dan Roberts, Director of Marketing at Sun, chats with Simon Phipps, Sun’s chief open source officer.

"Did you know that Sun contributes more than $200 million per year of intellectual property to the open source movement, in dozens of open source projects? The company’s historical contribution tops $2 billion."

You can also find more about Sun's Free and Open Source initiatives at http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/

Java DB (Sun's supported distribution of Apache Derby) is one of the projects I'm proud to work on.

Friday Jan 19, 2007

Jonathan Schwartz: "We almost died"

Robert Scoble posted some video interview of Sun Microsystems' CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, and Tim Marsland, Sun's CTO in charge of Solaris. The discussion ranged from Jonathan's pitch to Steve Jobs as to why Apple should include the Java runtime on the new iPhone to Schwartz' surviving a train wreck back in the 1980s and how that had a profound effect on his leadership skills.

Thursday Apr 27, 2006

FISL 7.0 Conference in Brazil!

I had the opportunity to go to FISL 7.0 which just happened in Brazil last week (4/18-4/22).

FISL is all about free and open source software and let me tell you that this conference was simply awesome - there was a fantastic and big attendance (> 4700) and there was just so much energy going on - non-stop people coming at Sun's booth - it was litterarly packed at times from 10am until 10pm.

Friday, April 21st was actually a public holiday in Brazil but nonetheless it was the busiest day of the conference. We showed a lot of demos of OpenSolaris, JavaDB (based on Apache Derby) and Netbeans 5. People also really enjoyed looking at the looking glass (current alpha release) which Stephen Lau (Solaris kernel developer) had installed on the main demo machine - "this is running in Java!? are you kidding!?" - this is what I heard from many of the attendees...they were simply shocked and amazed that this 3D desktop User Interface was written and running in Java and it was performing quite well indeed...(especially for an alpha release) - I know have it running on my OpenSolaris laptop (thanks Stephen!).

Many people were curious about JavaDB and Apache Derby - we gave 2 presentations of JavaDB during Javali day. We actually gave the last JavaDB presentation at 6pm on Saturday and the room was packed ;) - we got some very good questions and showed the JavaDB demo.

Of course, OpenSolaris got a lot of attention and having Stephen Lau around was great as he was able to show some very cool features of OpenSolaris. I attended Stephen's presentation and it was packed as well...

So overall, it was a great conference, we were able to interact with a lot of the attendees and get a lot of feedback and communicate the coolness of OpenSolaris, JavaDB and Netbeans.

It was great meeting all the SouJava folks - very nice people indeed and they are doing an tremendous job at leading the biggest Java user group in Brazil... You can see Stephen Lau's blog about FISL 7.0 as well as pictures he posted... Obrigado!

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