Wednesday May 23, 2007

Community One...Java One...Part Two

Well here is part two of two in my Pulitzer prize winning series on Community One and JavaOne '07. 

Community One:  This was a pretty good debut for the event.  Attendance was good although it skewed a bit older (Im not sure why this was since JavaOne itself had a good balance of younger and older folks.)  The highlights of this for me was the FOSS panel discussion that  I mentioned in my last blog as well as the track on "Linux vs. Solaris" which was led by Ian Murdock.  Contrary to the provocative title, the track  actually covered how the two Operating systems had a lot to learn from each other.  It was in this context that Ian gave more insight into project Indiana.

JavaOne: This year's J1 was cranking.  There were so many people there learning, discussing, meeting and having a generally good time.  In fact some of the most productive discussions happened, as others have observed, after hours in some of the local drinking establishments.  The big news was Sun's delivering on the promise of liberating the Java platform and the introduction of  the JavaFX family of products.  We even got to work with Richard Stallman again to get a quote in support of the Java liberation.

Juggy: Another special feature of  this year's JavaOne was the appearance of Juggy the Java finch and his Sgt Pepper-esque henchmen.  This trio could be seen through out the Moscone center as well as after hours swooping down on unsuspecting victims and making them swear allegiance to Java and Free and Open Source Software.  The videos should be coming soon but until then check out the pics below. 

Getting Juggy with it -- Ian Murdock is strong armed (dont let the flowery hats fool you) into swearing allegiance to Java and FOSS at the Thirsty Bear.



Juggy strikes on the show floor while Java DB product manager Monyi Lu is trying to do booth duty. 

GNOME board memeber and kiwi-in-training Glynn Foster bellys up to the bar at Bix. 


A virtual Paul in the wicked cool and FOSS friendly project Wonderland.  See it in action.

The author in a borrowed chapeau at the Hotel W.  Most nights seemed to end up here. 

Relive the thrills and chills of JavaOne '07: The slide sets for JavaOne just came out today.  Check out the presentations from the Free and Open Source track here.   Multimedia versions of all the presentations are promised in the next month.  You can also check out the highlights of the whole conference here.


Pau for now... 


Wednesday May 16, 2007

Community One...Java One...Part One

OK now I finally have some time to document my adventures in JavaOne land. 

The first thing I noticed was how much energy and attendance there was.  Ive been going to JavaOne off and on for the last six or seven years and it certainly hasnt been this vibrant in a while.  I was pleased to see how packed the exhibition space was as well as how the attendees spanned the generations from twenty-somethings all the way up to the gray haired pony tails.  And speaking of fresh blood, when MC Gage kicked off  his annual "everybody stand up routine" by saying "sit down if this is your first JavaOne" about half the crowd sat down!  Most excellent.

What was also particularly cool was that the warm up act before the first keynote was a hip young dj.   DJ Anon was infinitely cooler than the fifty-something space-age star trek musicians who we had last year (or was it the year before?).

 Waiting for the Java to flow - pre opening keynote.

Welcome to the machine, behind the scenes at the Community One key note.

The Community One Free and Open Source software panel:  Peter Brown (FSF), Dalibor Topic (lead Kaffe developer and originally from Nis),  Simon Phipps (moderator)


The panel continued:  Simon,  Mark Wielaard (Red Hat), Cliff Schmidt (Apache legal), Ian Murdock (Sun).

Let the wild rumpus begin!

 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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