Wednesday Mar 19, 2008

The Last(?) OGB Interview: Joerg Schilling

Earlier today I interviewed Joerg Schilling in Berlin about his candidacy for the OpenSolaris Governing Board

I have now heard from all but two of the candidates and, given that voting stops on Monday, I'm assuming that this is the last.  That being said, if I hear from the other two and they're interested I am still up for doing another interview or two.  :)

Joerg Schilling (8:44)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Pau for now...

Monday Mar 17, 2008

Two More OGB Interviews: Ken Mays, Alan Coopersmith

Here are two more and, most probably, the final interviews with the '08 Open Solaris Governing Board candidates.  Voting ends a week from today (March 24th) and the results will be announced next Tuesday.

Good luck to all!

Ken Mays (6:10)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

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


Pau for now... 

Thursday Mar 13, 2008

Sun and NSA open community project to drive security for OpenSolaris

This morning Sun and the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) announced a cool new community project.  Together we have kicked-off an open effort to integrate an additional form of mandatory access control (MAC) based on the NSA's Flux Advanced Security Kernel (FLASK) architecture into OpenSolaris.

Talkin' to the man

Yesterday I was able to grab Mark Thacker who head's up marketing for Solaris security and virtualization to learn more about what this is all about.

My Interview with Mark (10:56)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Working together to integrate FMAC based on FLASK. Responding to customer and developer requests for strong security and familiar APIs
  • Looking for a few good ideas. 
  • How can developers get involved? Where should they start? (hint: check out this link)
  • You don't need to give up your privacy to participate (e.g. no retina scans required) and don't have to be a U.S. citizen.
  • How Trusted Solaris morphed into Trusted Solaris extensions.
Pau for now...

Wednesday Mar 12, 2008

Still More OGB Interviews: Peter Tribble, Rich Teer, Al Hopper, Jim Grisanzio

Here are four more interviews that I've conducted with the OGB candidates since my post this morning. 

This set kicks off in Cambridge (UK) with Peter Tribble and then heads west to British Columbia and Rich Teer.  After that my next call took me due north of my location here in Austin, to Plano, Texas where Al Hopper is.  For the last call I spoke with Jim Grisanzio who is currently on vacation in Florida.  Enjoy!

Peter Tribble (7:44)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Rich Teer (7:46)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Al Hopper (8:30)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

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


And with these we now have an even dozen.  Lets see if any of the others decide to go for it (I did hear from Stephen Lau who is on vacation in Vietnam and is without decent phone connectivity.  Given the circumstances Ill send him the questions I've been asking everyone and let him reply by email).

Pau for now... 

Update (March 13):  I've since heard from Ken Mays and Alan Coopersmith.  Look for those on Monday. 


More OGB Interviews: Simon Phipps, Michal Bielicki, Glynn Foster, Justin Erenkrantz

With yesterday's interviews for the Open Solaris Governing Board I took a virtual trip around the world and visited four countries. 

My first "stop" was the UK where Simon Phipps was riding out gale force winds.  From there I headed across the channel and over to Germany where Michal Bielicki described the conditions as dark (probably having to do with the fact that it was 8PM there).  I then ventured south, across the dateline and into the future to New Zeland to chat with Glynn Foster.  Finally I returned to North America and the US to speak with Justin Erenkrantz.  I wonder if I can get virtual frequent flyer miles?

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

Michal Bielicki (7:28)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

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

Justin Erenkrantz (7:32)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

More to come

I have four more candidates lined up for this afternoon so look for those tomorrow.

Pau for now...

OGB interviews: Michelle Olson, John Plocher, John Beck, Ben Rockwood

Here are the first four interviews for the Open Solaris Governing Board

The first brave individual to step up was Michelle OlsonJohn Plocher followed close behind on Friday and on Monday I taped John Beck and Ben Rockwood.  Enjoy!

Michelle Olson (7:42)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

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

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

Ben Rockwood (8:50)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

More to come very soon, 

Pau for now... 

Monday Mar 10, 2008

Dave Roberts of Vyatta - In his own words

I went with a dramatic title this time since I've gotten tired of entitling my podcast-related entries, "talking with" or "chattin' with."  

Today's entry marks the last of the three interviews that I conducted at SCALE a few weeks ago.   This one is with Dave Roberts whom I originally met a year ago at the University of Hawaii when we were both there, along with Richard Stallman, to present.

Dave works for Vyatta whose business is "open source networking" ("networking" as in routers, not schmoozing although I'm sure Dave could hold his own in either environment). 

My interview with Dave (9:36)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

 Dave "I'm happy just to be here" Roberts

Who is Dave?

  • VP of Strategy and Marketing at Vyatta
  • A resident of the Bay Area
  • Holder of 5 patents
  • Once upon a time an HP engineer
  • A gaucho

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • How Vyatta has developed a Free and Open Source replacement for products from Cisco and Juniper e.g midrange VPN, firewalls and routers.
  • How their OS is Debian-based but adapted to be more network-centric.
  • What the Vyatta community is like and how they treat newbies.
  • What hardware do they use.
  • Their next release which is due in a couple of months and what their plans are for 2008. 

Pau for now... 


Thursday Mar 06, 2008

OpenOffice goes V3!

Big news today, starting with the April release of OpenOffice, it will be licensed under the Lesser GNU Public License, Version 3, (LGPLv3).  This license upgrade was decided based on input from the community and is an evolution from OpenOffice's current license:  LGPLv2.  While Sun previously chose v3 for xVM Ops Center, OpenOffice represents a much bigger ball of code and, as far as I know is the largest project yet to go v3.

Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution 

Yesterday I was able to grab a few folks to talk about this change and what it means for OpenOffice and Free Software.  On the line I had Michael Bemmer who, among other things, runs StarOffice, OpenOffice for Sun, Jim Parkinson VP of Developers tools and Michael's boss and Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation.


My Interview with Jim, Michael and Peter (9:47)    Listen mp3    Listen ogg 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The other piece of news, moving to the Sun Contributor agreement and what that means.
  • Why L rather than regular GPL?
  • What about a foundation?
  • The GPLv3 drafting process, whats been added since V2?
  • Whats the reaction been?


Extra Credit Reading/Listening:

Pau for now.... 


Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

Talkin' with Fedora's Spot

Right across from the Sun booth at SCALE was none other that Tom "Spot" Callaway and the Fedora stand.  I had only spoken to Tom over email and actually owed him a response regarding how we might be able to assist with their SPARC port. 

It was great to meet him in person and I figured that since he was there I might as well podcast him.  Turned out to be a great decision.

My interview with Spot (8:31)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

You cant fake that grin! 

Who is Spot?

  • The Fedora engineering manager
  • The person responsible for the Aurora SPARC Linux Project (a port of Fedora to SPARC).
  • The guy responsible for RPM Packaging Standards and Practices on the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee
  • A maintainer of tons o' packages (a lot that seem to have to do with Perl)
  • An eight-year Red Hat employee.
  • A major deity among prosimians who, according to his Bio, is worshipped by lemurs throughout the known universe.

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The upcoming Fedora 9 due out in April
  • What does it mean to be the Fedora engineering manager
  • How he plays Spock to Paul Frields' Kirk
  • What the heck is a Spin?
  • How he rode the High Availability gravy train into Red Hat
Pau for now...


Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

Peter Bojanic of Lustre - Hows the integration going? Advice for MySQL?

With the MySQL closing hapening today, I thought I'd check in with someone from a similar past acquisition and see how it was going.  So I picked up the phone and called Peter Bojanic, director of Lustre up in Halifax

Lustre, as you may remember was acquired by Sun near the end of last year.  Like MySQL, it is basically a virtual company and its employees are spread all over the world.  Also like MySQL, and even to a greater degree, it is business is focused on the GNU/Linux platform (in fact, it is a key element of the new CentOS-based Ranger supercomputer).


My interview with Peter (7:08)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • How the first three months of integration has gone for Lustre
  • How the Lustre integration and its geographically dispersed workers have served as a template for the MySQL integration
  • What advice he has for MySQL regarding the acquisition
  • The strong surge in support for GNU/Linux that he has seen at Sun
  • Sun's focus on Open Source and doing things in an open way.

MySQL, Done Deal! Talking with Marten and Zack on Day 1

Well as of this morning MySQL is officially a part of Sun Microsystems.  We announced the intent to acquire MySQL on Jan 16 and exactly five weeks later the deal has been concluded, talk about a whirlwind close!

Earlier today I got a chance to chat with both Marten Mickos, former MySQL CEO and Zack Urlocker head of engineering and products to get their thoughts on Day 1.

My interview with Marten (9:16)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The speed of the close, how in an acquisition like this there are always tons of questions but at a certain point you need to commit and fix the issues as they come up
  • Coordinating a closing when you're employees are spread across 18 time zones
  • What it will take for the acquisition to succeed
  • Sun's commitment to Linux and how its the number one platform for MySQL (guess whats number two :)
  • The changes in Sun Marten has seen in recent years
  • How Marten wants to be integrated into Sun rather set apart as a stand alone unit.

My interview with Zack (10:13)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg) 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How it feels to be a sun employee
  • How he first heard about the offer and what his thoughts and concerns were
  • What was the key thing that convinced Zack that this acquisition made sense
  • What is MySQL looking to leverage now that they are a part of Sun
  • The upcoming MySQL conference and expo

Welcome Marten, welcome Zack, welcome MySQL!

Pau for now...

Friday Feb 22, 2008

Chattin' with OpenSUSE's Zonker

When I was at SCALE the weekend before last I caught up with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier.   It was Zonker's 8th day on the job as the OpenSUSE community manager and we talked about his plans and thoughts regarding the new position.

My interview with Zonker (9:41)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)


Who is Zonker?

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • What its like to go from interviewer, to interviewee
  • Looking at the Novel Microsoft deal a year and a half later.
  • How he would sum up the OpenSUSE community
  • His goals for his new position and where he thinks he can add the most value.
Pau for now...

Friday Jan 04, 2008

My Interview with Rick Clark -- Ubuntu's server lead

Last but not least, here is the interview I conducted with Rick Clark, a recent Canonical employee brought on to head their server group. 

This is the last in a series of tapings I did in Boston/Cambridge while attending FOSS Camp and UDS (the other three being Mark, Peter and Mako).

My interview with Rick (9:14)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

An artsy picture of Rick (ie I forgot to snap a pic and had to crop this from another picture I took.)

Who is Rick?

  • Head of Canonical's server team
  • Former big company guy (E\*Trade, McKesson etc.) with a background in security architecture and system engineering.
  • Father of twins who like to help daddy enter data.
  • A Thrashers fan (who knew Atlanta had an NHL team?!)

Some of the topics we tackle:

  •  Why Rick busted a move to Canonical and world of Free Software.
  • Having to walk the line between being true to the ideals of Free Software while at the same time providing a system that allows companies to "just do business."
  • Working closely with upstream partners
  • What he's been pleasantly surprised by at Canonical and what has taken some getting used to.
  • The march towards Hardy.
Pau for now...

Thursday Dec 20, 2007

Talking with Mako - The FSF's newest board member

At the end of day two of FOSS camp in Cambridge, I was able to grab some time with Benjamin Mako Hill.  I had blogged about Mako's appointment to the board of the Free Software Foundation back in July but this was the first time that I really got to meet him.  He's quite an amiable guy and very enthusiastic about what he's involved with (it definitely comes through in the interview).  Check it out:

My interview with Mako (10:25)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Nothing says "passion" like a well stickered laptop. 

Who is Mako?

Some of the topics we tackle

  • The process of getting accepted onto the board of the FSF
  • The daunting task of trying to fill Eben Moglen's shoes
  • What it means to be the first board member from the post "GNU generation"
  • Being the software guy on the One Laptop Per Child project
  • Having been a rebel with too many causes
  • The open source/free software "schism"
  • UNIX jokes at a cappella shows


Since there is a good chance this will be my last entry of the year, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a hau'oli makahiki hou!

Pau for now...

Friday Dec 14, 2007

Catching up with Mark Shuttleworth

While in Boston I caught up with Free Software's favorite cosmonaut, Mark Shuttleworth.  We were both in beantown for FOSS camp and the Ubuntu Developer Summit and took a break from the day's activities to chat out in the courtyard at the Hotel@MIT.  Little did he know I was recording his every word!

My interview with Mark (10:13)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Mark's the one without the "Barton" nametag.

Who is Mark?

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • FOSS camp -- cavorting with upstream projects and other distros, how this initial event went
  • The Ubuntu Developer summit -- how it works and how it serves to pick the features and determine what cool FOSS stuff will land in the next Ubuntu release.
  • Ubuntu's upcoming second Long Term Support (LTS) release - its emphasis on the server and virtualization (Mark tries to trick me into divulging on air what Sun is doing in the virtualization space but I think quickly and outwit him).
  • Hiring on skills not on an address -- what it means to drive a geographically dispersed virtual organization

Ok, so the part about being a cellist isn't true.

Pau 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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