Wednesday May 21, 2008

FOSS Camp Prague

Last night I got back at 1AM from a glorious week in Prague.  The first two days were spent attending FOSS camp, followed by a day off to explore the city and then Monday I attened the opening day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit (aka UDS Intrepid).

The view from my hotel room.  Not bad for a Holiday Inn!

Setting up Camp

FOSS Camp was sponsored by Canonical but its focus was on FOSS in general and not limited to Ubuntu.  The event was a great opportunity for "Team Sun" (composed of people from OpenJDK, OpenOffice, GlassFish and NetBeans) to present what we have been working on, meet a lot of the community players and learn about other projects.  Unlike UDS,  FOSS camp was in an unstructured un-conference format where people basically went up to a white board at the beginning of each day and wrote up sessions they wanted to lead:

One of the sessions that was particularly helpful was the packaging jam/tutorial that Daniel Holbach led.  Also, in the OpenOffice session which Mark Shuttleworth and Zonker of OpenSUSE joined, I felt there was some definite progress made between the two OO camps. [Check out Zonker's take on FOSS Camp here.]

Overall there were about 80 folks who attended over the two days.  Sun had 10 folks who attended and hailed from a handful of locations: Silicon Valley, Prague, Hamburg, Austin and St. Petersburg.  Oh and did I mention that the food was really good?!

Stay tuned for my UDS day one report and pics....

Jono Bacon kicks off FOSS Camp with a sermon on the evils of alcohol, while Mark Shuttleworth looks on

Team Sun and Daniel: (L-R) David (OpenJDK), Daniel (MOTU god), Stefan (OpenOffice), Nitya (GlassFish), Me, Marek & Alexei (NetBeans)

OpenOffice session  

View from the session room. 

An unholy alliance of community leaders, Zonker of OpenSUSE and Jono of Ubuntu fame. 

Heading off to dinner. 

Prague isn't ugly. 

Beer, Absinthe and outdoor dining, who could ask for more?! 

Night in the old town square. 

Pau for now... 

Thursday Mar 06, 2008

OpenOffice goes V3!

Big news today, starting with the April release of OpenOffice, it will be licensed under the Lesser GNU Public License, Version 3, (LGPLv3).  This license upgrade was decided based on input from the community and is an evolution from OpenOffice's current license:  LGPLv2.  While Sun previously chose v3 for xVM Ops Center, OpenOffice represents a much bigger ball of code and, as far as I know is the largest project yet to go v3.

Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution 

Yesterday I was able to grab a few folks to talk about this change and what it means for OpenOffice and Free Software.  On the line I had Michael Bemmer who, among other things, runs StarOffice, OpenOffice for Sun, Jim Parkinson VP of Developers tools and Michael's boss and Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation.


My Interview with Jim, Michael and Peter (9:47)    Listen mp3    Listen ogg 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The other piece of news, moving to the Sun Contributor agreement and what that means.
  • Why L rather than regular GPL?
  • What about a foundation?
  • The GPLv3 drafting process, whats been added since V2?
  • Whats the reaction been?


Extra Credit Reading/Listening:

Pau for now.... 


Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Computers to be Recycled, loaded with FOSS and donated to Schools

Thanks to an event that Untangle is organizing, schools in Northern California will be getting recycled computers loaded with a bunch of FOSS goodies.

The event, Installfest for Schools, is happening on March 1st in four Bay Area locations:  San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo and Novato. Volunteers will be helping to install Ubuntu 7.10, including OpenOffice, as well as Untangle's Open Source Network Gateway on recycled hardware from the Alameda County Computer Resource Center

If you're interested in volunteering or want to learn more, you can get more details, and sign up here.  

A very cool effort by the community for the community. 

Pau for now...

Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

Sun FOSS Contests and Awards

Back in August I mentioned that Sun was sponsoring two FOSS contests, one in Scotland and one in India.  Well, the winners of the first Scottish Open Source Excellence Award were J.P. Morgan and Enterprise Management Consulting Ltd.  Congratulations to them both! 

Simon presented the awards in Glasgow (the "miles better" campaign obviously worked) at the end of November:

The boss in a bow-tie??  I didn't know they rented bow-ties ;)  (picture lifted from press release)

The contest in India, Coding for Freedom, still has a couple months to go and will be wrapping up on Valentines day, Feb 14, 2008, with the winners announced in March. 

...That's what I want

Speaking of India, Simon used his keynote on Friday at to detail Sun's announcement that we will be embarking on a multi-year, multi-million dollar award program for Free and Open Source communities.  While the program is global, as Simon explained in his blog, "I'm announcing it in India because that's where I expect the greatest open source community growth to come from in the near future"

The first Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program will be organized around six communities: GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenJDK,, OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC.  Starting in mid-January, each of the six communities will announce details on how the program will work in their specific area  with prize winners being announced in August 2008.

Stay tuned for more. 

Dec 12 Update: Here are more details from Simon as well as his reaction to the reactions. 

Pau for now...

Thursday May 24, 2007

Congratulations Dell and Ubuntu!

Well last night they made it officially, offical.  Dell is preloading Ubuntu 7.04 on the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  The Open Source product manager at Dell thinks they'll sell 20K units, who knows could be a lot more.

Give the People what they want:  Late this afternoon, the web pages on both sites were updated to feature the news and to allow web-based purchasing of  the Ubuntu/Dell systems.  On the Dell site the Ubuntu announcement is one of the rotating homepage features.   The headline reads:  "By Popular Demand Ubuntu has arrived."  Followed by,  "The Dell community spoke and we listened.  The Linux-based operating system is now available for work or home."  The Ubuntu home page is a little cheekier: "Ubuntu is super easy to install.  But Why not have Michael do the work for you. Ubuntu on Dell.  Available Now.  Configure and Buy!"

Collateral Damage Advantage:  And more good news within this announcement is the fact that by virtue of offering systems preloaded with Ubuntu, Dell becomes the first Tier 1 PC vendor to distribute OpenOffice.   Consumers are now able to obtain,from a top shelf manufacturer, a free and open source alternative to proprietary productivity suites .

A big day in the FOSS world all around.

A toast to Michael and Mark!


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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