Friday Sep 05, 2008

Aloha

After 13 great years at Sun, today is my last day. 

I started back in 1995 the month that Java was introduced and leave after seeing it open-sourced and, as of earlier this week powering of all things, the Free Software Foundation's GNU 25th birthday video.

My ever changing roles (a self-indulgent look at my life at Sun)

I began my career at Sun, after a brief stint in chip marketing, in manufacturing operations as part of a team setting up manufacturing in Brazil.  From Ops I returned to marketing as a product manager for the JavaStation and then Sun Ray.  The naming process for Sun Ray provided an entre for me to become Sun's Naming and Logo Tsar, which in turn led to advertising.   From there I grabbed the chance to drive the design, development and managing of Sun's first (and only) consumer website, java.com.

For my last leg here at the fiery orb, I saw an opportunity to champion Sun's participation in GNU/Linux and FOSS arenas.  Its been a wild ride but I've very proud of all that we've accomplished in packaging and doc publishing as well as the cool podcasts) and have enjoyed all the great people I've met in the various communities.

What's next and Where can you find me?

On Monday I start at Lombardi Software, a late-stage start-up and Sun partner here in Austin.  I will be the marketing director for their cloud-based offering Blueprint (which you can register for for free, as in beer, on their site).  As for blogging, once I get settled you will be able to find me here.

Coda

Yep, my 5-year plan at Sun ended up lasting a little longer than I originally planned.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the many varied opportunities I've had here and all the fantastic people I've had the chance to work with both inside and outside the company.

I look forward to working with many of these people in the future when our paths will invariably cross again!

Pau for now.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Would you like some Freedom with that Fry? GNU turns 25 and Java powers the Video!

Given that John McCain has chosen Monty Python alum, Michael Palin as his running mate, its no surprise that the Free Software Foundation has found their own British comedian to promote the 25th birthday of the GNU operating system

The FSF have teamed up with Steven Fry English humorist, actor and novelist to produce a very cool five minute video explaining the history of GNU and the ethos behind Free Software.

Check out the video here

And speaking of Free as in Freedom, the video is powered by Java technology (who would have predicted that a few years ago! ;)

Pau for now...

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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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