Monday Apr 28, 2008

MySQL Conf08 - Erica Brescia, CEO BitRock

Last but not least in my series of podcasts from this year's My SQL Conference and Expo, is my conversation with Erica Brescia, CEO of BitRock.  BitRock is the company behind BitNami and InstallBuilder and counts as its clients companies like MySQL, JasperSoft, KnowledgeTree, SugarCRM...

My interview with Erica (9:34)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

Erica, still standing and smiling at 9PM. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Providing the packaging services of a lot of the commercial Open Source companies like MySQL, JasperSoft, KnowledgeTree, SugarCRM...
  • Creating BitNami a site that provides access to easy to access/install stacks of Open Source software for Linux, Window, OS X and Solaris.
  • Surviving without venture funding.
  • What its like running a company thats located in Seville, Spain and how the location draws a lot of great European developers.
  • Erica's priorities for the next year: building out the engineering team, getting the word out about BitNami and building a community around it.
Pau for now...

Friday Apr 25, 2008

MySQL Conf08 - Hangin' with Brian Aker

Here is number 5 in my series of six podcasts from last week's MySQL conference and expo.

Just after lunch on Tuesday, I was able to corner Brian Aker, former CTO of MySQL, introduce myself and ask him if he was up for a podcast.  Without any convincing or arm twisting he happily agreed. :)

My interview with Brian (9:18)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

Brian's lenses adapt to match the art around him. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Brian's parade of titles and where he's ended up within Sun
  •, durable memory, and what that means for EC2
  • Getting Memcached to run on larger systems
  • Getting access to larger hardware in general and being able to address scalability issues first hand
  • What OS Brian runs on his laptop
  • The coolest thing about MySQL
Pau for now...

MySQL Conf08 - Talkin' to Baron Schwartz, Community Award Winner

Last week at the MySQL conference and expo in Santa Clara, I was able to grab some time with Baron Schwartz,  the man behind  innotop and Maatkit (formerly known as Prince MySQL Toolkit).  Baron was also one of the three winners of the Community Code Contributor of the year award.

My interview with Baron (11:39)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

Baron "So I married an Egyptologist" Schwartz

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • What the heck is a "Maatkit" and who's the gal with the feather?
  • Baron's journey from Free Software to a Microsoft shop, back to Free Software
  • How he would compare the MySQL and Postgres communities
  • The book he's about to publish
  • How Marten Mickos contacted Baron early on to let him know about and get his thoughts on the merger
  • His first two weeks at Percona, Inc.
  • How he's a careful blogger
Pau for now...

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

MySQL Conf08 - Chattin' with Zack Urlocker

Last time I interviewed Zack it was the day that MySQL officially became a part of Sun Microsystems and it was over the phone.  Last week however we were both at the MySQL conference and got meet face to face.  Here is the resulting interview, enjoy!

My interview with Zack (9:24)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

Zack's the one in the middle.

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Exceeding expectations at the MySQL conference
  • The availability of MySQL's 5.1 later this quarter and all the cool new features
  • The GA of Workbench - a modeling tool for DBAs
  • The morning's keynotes (here is the video Zack shot)
  • The challenges that Werner Vogels, Amazon's CTO, faces
  • Sun's performance tuning team and how it helps MySQL shine
  • Zack's impressions of his first six weeks at Sun
Pau for now...

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

MySQL Conf08 - My Interview with Jennifer Venable of Red Hat

Last Tuesday when I was walking the show floor at the MySQL conference, I ran into a familiar name,  Jennifer Venable.  I had never met Jennifer before but we had traded mails and had spoken on the phone.  This was about 18 months ago when we were negotiating the renewal of Sun's contract as an Authorized Distributor of Red Hat.  At that time, Jennifer was the Red Hat lawyer working on the contract.

Well since that time Jennifer has escaped from the Red Hat legal ranks and has joined the business side where, as of a couple of months ago, she took over as head of the Red Hat Exchange. 

Take a listen.

My interview with Jennifer (12:25)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

The venerable Ms. Venable. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • What is Red Hat Exchange (RHX) and where is now located within Red Hat's org.
  • The ISVs that RHX focuses on (open source ISVs that also offer support)
  • Whats an EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) and how they sit between Fedora and RHEL.
  • How Jennifer made her way from legal beagle to RHX head.
  • The upcoming Red Hat Summit, June 18-20 in Boston, and how this year it will be co-located with FUDCon.
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...

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... 


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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