Friday Nov 16, 2007

Chattin' with Glynn Foster of GNOME Indiana

Here is my second interview from Sun's internal FOSS summit

I caught up with Glynn Foster, Mr. Mellow, at Sun's Santa Clara campus the day after he had returned from the Open Solaris Summit at the University of Santa Cruz.

The Interview with Glynn (10:07)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)
 

 
Glynn once shot an OS in Auckland just to watch it die. 

Who's Glynn?

Glynn, a former emerald islander, switched hemispheres about four years ago and now calls New Zealand home.   From his outpost down-under (and to the right) he serves in several capacities within Sun and the community:

Some of the topics we tackle:

Enjoy.

Pau for now...

Monday Aug 06, 2007

Ian Murdock Talks Project Indiana

Larry Bird, David Letterman, Ian Murdock -- all proud son's of the great state of Indiana.  It is the last in this list that I caught up with during OSCON.  

Ian Murdock, Chief OS Strategist, Sun    Listen to the Interview (8:24)

 
Reservoir Dogs, Project Indiana style -- L to R: Mr. Pink (Patrick Finch), Mr. Brown (Jesse Silver), Ms. Purple (Sara Dornsife), Mr. Green (Ian Murdock,), Mr. Black (Glynn Foster)\*

What we chatted about

During our conversation, Ian took me through what exactly project Indiana is.  In a nutshell he describes it as a community project to build an Open Solaris binary distribution with the main goal being to make Solaris technology more accessible to a broader audience -- thereby  growing the market for Solaris. 

Ian positioned the project in evolutionary rather than revolutionary terms and talked about the packaging effort that is a large part of Indiana.   We also discussed "Wads vs. Distros," Ian's background in the FOSS world and what the Open Solaris community thinks of all this.

I hope to check in with Ian from time to time and get him to give us update as the project marches on. 

Pau for now...

 

\*Full disclosure: the glasses were added after the fact, these guys are really not this cool ;)

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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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