Wednesday May 21, 2008

FOSS Camp Prague

Last night I got back at 1AM from a glorious week in Prague.  The first two days were spent attending FOSS camp, followed by a day off to explore the city and then Monday I attened the opening day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit (aka UDS Intrepid).

The view from my hotel room.  Not bad for a Holiday Inn!

Setting up Camp

FOSS Camp was sponsored by Canonical but its focus was on FOSS in general and not limited to Ubuntu.  The event was a great opportunity for "Team Sun" (composed of people from OpenJDK, OpenOffice, GlassFish and NetBeans) to present what we have been working on, meet a lot of the community players and learn about other projects.  Unlike UDS,  FOSS camp was in an unstructured un-conference format where people basically went up to a white board at the beginning of each day and wrote up sessions they wanted to lead:

One of the sessions that was particularly helpful was the packaging jam/tutorial that Daniel Holbach led.  Also, in the OpenOffice session which Mark Shuttleworth and Zonker of OpenSUSE joined, I felt there was some definite progress made between the two OO camps. [Check out Zonker's take on FOSS Camp here.]

Overall there were about 80 folks who attended over the two days.  Sun had 10 folks who attended and hailed from a handful of locations: Silicon Valley, Prague, Hamburg, Austin and St. Petersburg.  Oh and did I mention that the food was really good?!

Stay tuned for my UDS day one report and pics....

Jono Bacon kicks off FOSS Camp with a sermon on the evils of alcohol, while Mark Shuttleworth looks on

Team Sun and Daniel: (L-R) David (OpenJDK), Daniel (MOTU god), Stefan (OpenOffice), Nitya (GlassFish), Me, Marek & Alexei (NetBeans)

OpenOffice session  

View from the session room. 

An unholy alliance of community leaders, Zonker of OpenSUSE and Jono of Ubuntu fame. 

Heading off to dinner. 

Prague isn't ugly. 

Beer, Absinthe and outdoor dining, who could ask for more?! 

Night in the old town square. 

Pau for now... 

Thursday May 08, 2008

Pics from CommunityOne & JavaOne

Here are a few pictures from earlier this week taken at CommunityOne and day one of JavaOne

Podcasts a comin'

In the next few days I will also be posting a bunch of podcasts I did while in San Francisco including a bunch from key OpenSolaris folks, a post-Distro-smackdown recording,  an interview with the Fedora IcedTea guys and a chat with the JRuby dudes.

Mr. Finch exits -- Before either event even began, the city was crawling with Java topped cabs.

CommunityOne and the Launch of OpenSolaris (this time for real)

Marten Mickos, Neelan Choksi and Ian Murdock hold forth on FOSS business models at RedMonkTwo

C1 Speakers: Jono Bacon (Ubuntu), Zonker Brockmeier (OpenSUSE), Mako Hill (FSF), Karsten Wade (Fedora)

Sun Software EVP Rich Green and RedMonk pundit Steveo Grady talk seriously under the disco ball at the OpenSolaris launch party. 

JavaOne - DayOne 

The MySQL Community Crew attend their first JavaOne as Sun employees (and find that that means they don't get the free backpack).  L-R: Jay Pipes, Giuseppe Maxia, Lenz Grimmer and Colin Charles.  

The post-keynote deluge. 

If you attend JavaOne you've gotta get your picture taken with Duke (there was a huge line).

Pau for now... 

OpenJDK6 Available for RHEL 5 and CentOS5

Tuesday morning at JavaOne, Karsten Wade, RedHat employee, Fedora Board member and Distro Gladiator gave me the great news -- The OpenJDK6 package is now available for RHEL 5 and CentOS 5!

The package was uploaded to the Fedora Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository and can be easily added to either RHEL or CentOS (here's how).

Podcast to come

While I was at JavaOne I was able to sit down and do a podcast with Tom Fitzsimmons, Patrick Macdonald who actually worked on the IcedTea project at RedHat and enabled OpenJDK to become a reality.  Look for that early next week.

Pau for now...

Sunday Apr 20, 2008

Pics from MySQL Conference '08

This past week I was out in the Bay Area for the MySQL Conference and Expo.  I hit the pre-event parties and attended the conference's opening day.   The first day featured a great set of opening keynotes from Marten Mickos, Jonathan Schwartz and Werner Vogel, CTO of Amazon. 

Marten Mickos, tellin' like it is. 

Jonathan Schwartz divulging Sun's "secret plot." 

The main reason for my attendance at the Conference was to get a bunch of podcast interviews as well as to be interviewed by the press as Sun's "Linux Guy."  I ended talking to the Register, Information Week and DevX as an interviewee. 

As an interviewer I was able record podcasts with:

Look for these to be posted this week. 

Rich Green, EVP of Software at Sun and Marten's  boss, Sun Visor gave out awards for Applications, , Partners, and Community members of the year.

Zack Urlocker and Tim O'Reilly talk to the press at the press reception.

Kaj Arno of MySQL and Ann of Zmanda strike a pose in the press room. 

The lunch was definitely one of the nicer ones I've had at a tech conference and the location didn't suck either. 

The evening soiree on the exhibition floor. 

Sebastian Bergmann poses at the O'Reilly table with the PHPUnit pocket guide he authored (I put him up to it).

As I mentioned above, I should be posting the podcasts I recorded this week.

Pau for now...

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

Debian and OSI Election Results

Well, it certainly is election season, both here in the US and in the Free and Open Source world.  As I mentioned a few entries ago, the new OpenSolaris Governing Board was elected at the end of last month.

Whose in at Debian?

The election results for Debian Project Leader were made public on Monday and winner was Steve McIntyre.  Steve has been a Debian developer for over 10 years and acted as the Assistant project leader in 2006 when Anthony Towns was DPL.  I met Steve at Debconf7 up in Edinburgh and he's a very good guy and looks good in a kilt ;)  Congratulations Steve!

Steve, being rammed by a flying head, is sporting the traditional Debian kilt.

OSI's Board for '08 

At the beginning of this month, after its April board meeting, the Open Source Initiative's board for 2008 was announced.  

The 2008 members are:

  • Michael Tiemann
  • Bruno de Souza (my podcast with Bruno from last year)
  • Alolita Sharma
  • Nnenna Nwakanma
  • Russell Nelson
  • Martin Michlmayr (New)
  • Harshad Gune (New)
  • Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
  • Danese Cooper
  • Ken Coar

Congratulations to all!  (For more details, check this out.)

Pau for now...

Monday Apr 14, 2008

MySQL Conf Kicks off with Parties at Marten's and Pedro's

I got into San Jose last night around 4:00, picked up my rental car and headed over to the annual pre-conference party at Marten Mickos' house.  The food was amazing and it was great to finally meet the MySQL crowd in person.

It wasn't long however before I was invited by the MySQL Community Team to join them as they headed to the next event on the social calendar.   Armed with a garbage bag full of stuffed dolphins we headed over to Pedro's and the MySQL Conf 2008 Community Dinner that Arjen Lentz had organized. 

A couple of recent community members joined the party at Pedro's as well, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz and Sun Software EVP, Rich Green

Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz joined the MySQL community soiree for a few hours and was repaid handsomely in dolphins. (That's me in the background, the flash of radiant light)

MySQL confounder Monty in the Middle.  

"Finn among the Eucalyptus" Kaj Arno chills in Marten's back yard.

What a great way to meet the community!

To see other takes on last night's activities check out blog entries from Colin, Kaj and Giuseppe.

I look forward to the conference tomorrow and will be armed with a recorder to grab as many podcasts as possible.

Pau for now... 

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

Sam Ramji becomes Microsoft's head of Open Source and Linux

I just read the news in Matt Asay's posting from earlier today

Sam Ramji just got a promotion: Sam will now be running Microsoft's worldwide open-source and Linux team (roughly 120 people and counting).

Sam had been the director of Microsoft's open-source software lab. In this new role, he'll continue to oversee the lab but also take on a more strategic role within the company (and, by extension, within the industry).

Chatting with Sam

I met Sam last summer at OSCON and was very impressed with what a sharp, friendly and down-to-earth guy he was. 

I was particularly impressed when I asked him if he would be up for an on-the-spot recorded interview and he said he'd be happy to do it right after a meeting he had.  No hesitation, no NDA or contract for me to sign. 

Here is the interview (8:27)  Listen

I hope to be able to grab him again at OSCON this year.

Pau for now.... 

Dalibor joining Sun (Yippee!)

I just saw the link in Simon's blog saying that it was now official, Dalibor Topic will be joining Sun as our Java F/OSS Ambassador.  

Nis may by Nice, but I'm Hamburg bound!

Dalibor has been a tireless champion for Free Java and has been instrumental in bringing several Java technology-oriented free software projects together such as GNU Classpath, Kaffe and GNU Compiler for Java.   Over the years, Dalibor has gone from Sun critic to supporter and, as of last JavaOne, he has been a member of the OpenJDK interim governance board

In the role of Java F/OSS Ambassador, Dalibor will taking over where the magnificent M. Tom Marble left off.

Listen to What the Man Said 

If you want to get a sense for Dalibor and his thinking, check out this podcast I did with him last Fall at Sun's internal FOSS Summit.

My Interview with Dalibor (10:41)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Welcome Dalibor and I look forward to working with you!

Pau for now...

Friday Apr 04, 2008

OpenBSD on UltraSPARC T1 - Done!

A few months ago I mentioned that Mark Kettenis was making quite a bit of progress in his efforts to port OpenBSD to the  SPARC Enterprise T1000 server.  Well last night this was posted:

Yesterday I committed the last bit of code to support machines with Sun's UltraSPARC T1 CPUs. Below is a dmesg for the SPARC Enterprise T1000, and although other machines have not been tested yet, machines like the SPARC Enterprise T2000 and Sun Blade T6300 are expected to work too. As you can see, we support SMP right from the start.

Whats this European code-slinger extraordinaire now working on?

LDOM support is not yet complete; I'm still working on drivers for virtual network interfaces and virtual disks. But domains with access to real hardware should work fine.

And after that we'll have to see what he can do with a T2 ;)

Congrats Mark!

Paul for now...

Thursday Apr 03, 2008

OpenSolaris: A Sneak Peak with Ian Murdock

A little while ago I grabbed some studio time with Ian Murdock as a guest host of Sun's SDN channel.  We chatted about Ian's joining Sun and what he's been up to since he came aboard. 

The main focus was OpenSolaris and some of its new features like the new installer and the packaging system.  Ian also walked me through Developer Preview 2.  Check it out:

"Hmmm what stupid joke is he going to make next?"

(If you can't see the video above, try this.)

I'm quite excited for next month when OpenSolaris makes its official debut. 

And as if all this wasn't enough, at the end of the clip I join the Geek Gadget Guru.

Pau for now... 

My Video Interview with Jon O'Bacon -- Ubuntu Community Leader

Ok, so Jono's real surname is Bacon (just like Redmonk pundit Steveo's real last name is Grady). 

Jono was on the West Coast after having just given the keynote at SCALE and was gracious enough to stop by Sun's studios before a talk he was giving at Google.  (This glorious event also marked my debut as a guest host on Sun's SDN Channel.)

Jono is a big supporter of the foundation to end squirrel-on-squirrel violence.

(If you cant see the video above, try this.) 

The Big LUG

If you're interested in seeing Jono live and uplugged (or is that unhinged?) and will be in the Bay Area next weekend you'll want to catch LugRadio Live USA 2008, April 12 - 13th.  This wild and wacky event marks LugRadio's US debut and will be chock-a-block full of open source luminaries (including Sun's own Ian Murdock and Josh Berkus).

Pau for now...

Monday Mar 31, 2008

What's up Docs?

Let us go then you and I, to a time when SuperSPARCs filled Sun boxes or when the Sun-4m architecture dominated our systems.  Back to a time when the word "browser" meant someone who looks but doesn't buy and no one had heard of Google or Yahoo or Brittney Spears.

The documents below will help you take that trip back to those wonder years.

Since I last posted about the opendocs project's progress the following have been added to the wiki:

SuperSPARC I CPU (Viking) and Multicache controler Manual

SuperSPARC II CPU (Voyager) Manual

Sun-4M System Architecture (revision 2.0) by Chuck Narad Manual

Sun Ethernet, Parallel & SCSI ASIC (Macio aka NCR89c100)\* Manual

Sun external serial port ASIC chip (Slavio aka NCR89c105)\* Manual

MicroSPARC-IIep (STP1100) Manual

MicroSPARC-IIep (STP1100) Datasheet

\*Part of the Sun4M architecture. Macio & Slavio were co-developed by Sun and the now defunct NCR microelectronics (NCR micro eventually became a part of LSI logic.)

This time around I want to give a special shout out to Greg Onufer who recently joined the opendocs team but has been extremely helpful in not only locating these dusty tomes but also getting them ready so that they can posted to the public.

Greg, this Bud's for you!

Pau for now...


Friday Mar 28, 2008

OpenSolaris Governing Board -- Results in

After a dramatic pause, the results are in for the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) for 2008-2009.  It was a really good group of candidates and I enjoyed getting the opportunity to interview the majority of them.

Here is the new board along with the interviews I conducted (so you can make sure that they stick to their campaign promises :) 


John Beck (7:26)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Alan Coopersmith (7:41)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg) 

Glynn Foster (7:36)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Jim Grisanzio (8:30)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Stepehen Lau    Read\*

Simon Phipps (8:02)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

John Plocher (7:44)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

\* Stephen was on vacation so he emailed his responses in.


The new board will take office next week on April 1 (an auspicious day)  Best of luck to all in an exciting new year in the young history of OpenSolaris!

Pau for now...

Wednesday Mar 26, 2008

OGB Elections and Dangling Electronic Chads

I was hoping today to be able to announce the victors in the Open Solaris Governing Board election. 

It looks like, however that 33 ballots were spoiled due to a bug with the voting software. Those whose ballots have been lost have been contacted and they now have a couple of extra days to vote.  Not as sexy as dangling, pregnant or hanging chads but there you have it.

The new timeline 

The resubmission of lost ballets closes tomorrow and Friday the results will go public.

Pau for now... 

Thursday Mar 20, 2008

2008 FSF Members Meeting

As I mentioned a couple of entries ago, last weekend I was in Boston to attend the Free Software Foundation's annual members  meeting

It kicked off early Saturday morning amidst a flurry of wet snow.

It was 95 degrees in Austin on this day. 


The event was a day long affair held on the MIT campus and featured a dinner that evening at the Middle East.

The crowd mills about waiting for the event to start.  There was a very impressive buffet of fruit, juice, danishes etc to get things started right  -- Can't talk Free Software on an empty stomach.

Matt and Josh campaign to eliminate both DRM and yellow jumpsuits. 

After a welcome by Executive Director Peter Brown, campaign managers Matt Lee and Joshua Gay reviewed some of the work they've been involved with over the last year. 

The rest of the day was composed of  a series of presentations including, "The Zen of the Hacker,"  "Ending Software Patents," Freedom and Web Services," and "Hollywood and Free Software" as well as an update on GPLV3.  (I was able to grab Ben Klemens and Henri Poole after their talks on Patents and Hollywood, respectively, for interviews.  Look for those in the next few entries).

The event then wrapped up with an hour an half open mic Q&A with board members.

L-R: Exec director Peter Brown and board members Geoffrey Knauth, Mako Hill and Richard Stallman (Henri Poole joined the group after this picture was taken)

All and all an interesting day that ended with great baklava and conversations at the Middle East.

P.S. If you haven't checked out the FSF website recently, do.  Its had a facelift and isn't so drab any more. 

Pau for now...


I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.


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