Reflections on Sun's FOSS Summit

At the beginning of this week Sun held its first official internal FOSS summit.  The idea was for folks all around the company to come together, share what they were doing and learn from one another.   The event was a mixture of panels, talks, lightening talks, posters, a fishbowl and even a three act play (explaining GPLv3 -- seriously).


Sir Simon, Sun's Chief Open Source Officer and our master of ceremonies.

Let the Sun Show begin

The event kicked off with an opening chat/Q&A with CEO and president Jonathan Schwartz.  From there Josh Berkus presented the audience with 10 ways to destroy your community (i.e. what NOT to do) and the rest, as they say, is history.  

 
The panel making sure we aren't drinking our own bathwater.

So as to ensure that we weren't drinking our own bathwater (or whatever the correct phrase is) we brought in four representatives of the real world to sit on a panel and answer the question "How are we doing?"  Giving us tough love were: Dalibor Topic, Kaffe.org; Fabiane Nardon, Brazilian Health Care; Tony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University and Ashlee "who ya callin' schluby" Vance of the Register.

The morning of the first day was also used to host as a press and analyst briefing.  Present on the Sun side were various Free and Open Source luminaries such as Simon Phipps, Ian Murdock and the above mentioned Josh.  From what I hear, the briefings went well and resulted in articles like this one in InfoWorld, and this one at Internetnews.com.


The Fishbowl: Glynn ponders, Lynn beams, Bruno waits to pounce and Rich holds forth (and fifth, and sixth...) 

While there I also got a chance to do four interviews which Ill start rolling out next week: Glynn Foster, Bruno Souza, Dalibor Topic and Dave "Legal Dude" Marr.

All and all a really great event.  And not only was the content and enthusiasm top notch but the schedule ran like clock work.  A big shout out to Emily and Flip for making it so.


After the event Ian's mind is still racing, "maybe I should have gotten the enchilada suiza."  Terri believes PR should be involved in everything.

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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