Monday Jul 21, 2008

OSCON Bound!

In about 20 minutes I leave for the airport, arriving tonight in lovely Portland, OR to attend OSCON.  This will be my third appearance there and I look forward to listening, learning, being interviewed and podcasting.  In fact it was at last year's OSCON that I kicked off my foray into the wild and wacky world of podcasting.    A year later I've got over 70 under my belt and am looking to grab a few more.

What to look for 

As I mentioned previously, Dalibor will be giving a talk and as Ken points out, Sun will be having its "coach potato" booth as well as hosting a party Wednesday night.   The MySQL branch of Team Sun will, of course, be there in force as Colin cites.

In watching the blog-o-sphere, I see that Zonker of OpenSUSE fame will be there, as will the FSF's Mako, Fedora's Mr. Karsten Wade and a whole slew of Canonical Ubuntuers including SABDFL himself -- to name but a few.

And Don't Forget Wednesday's Party

Who/What  OpenSolaris-mySQL-Zend OSCon Bash

                    [FREE for all OSCon attendees]

When Wednesday, July 23 8pm-midnight

Where DoubleTree Hotel Parking Lot

Be there...Aloha!

Pau for now... 

Monday Jul 14, 2008

Open JDK in Debian's Sid

Dalibor sent a note out to the packaging team last night letting us know that OpenJDK is now in "Sid. Sid is the unstable Debian distribution and is the entre (if all works out) to Lenny the next Debian stable release, due out later this year. 

First Ubuntu, then Fedora and now OpenJDK is knocking on Debian's door!

OSCON and more

For more on Debian and OpenJDK, see Dalibor's blog.  And if you're going to be at OSCON next week and are interested in learning more about the wacky world of OpenJDK, make sure to catch Dalibor's talk Better Living Through OpenJDK: IcedTea, BrandWeg, and SoyLatte

Pau for now... 

Thursday Sep 13, 2007

My Interview with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation

Well I'm finally at the end of the 18 podcasts I recorded at Ubuntu Live and OSCON up in Portland.   Last, but certainly not least is my interview with Jim "Led" Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation

Just as background, the Linux Foundation was formed in January of this year when the Open Source Development Lab merged with the Free Standards Group.  Jim, who had been head of the FSG, took over as leader of the new entity.

                                                          Listen to the Interview (7:50)

Jim spreading the good word at his afternoon keynote at Ubuntu Live.

Topics: What is the Linux Foundation, where does Linus fit in;  The Mountain View collaboration summit, getting the key technical folks together and identifying areas to work on;  A friendly jab at Ian Murdock; Events around the world; Who he's bumped into at UbuntuLive

Pau for now.... 

Tuesday Sep 11, 2007

Kuldip Interviews me down at the Studio

I'm back from my European adventures and will blog about it in the next couple of days. First, however, Im finally getting around to posting the interview that I did with Kuldip Oberoi on my way to Ubuntu Live and OSCON.  Kuldip heads Sun's developer marketing and hosts the Software Developer Network (SDN) channel.

Hear me justify my existence and talk about what Sun is doing in the GNU/Linux space. 

To view my interview, you should be able to simply click above.  If you have issues, or want to see the supporting material that accompanied the interview, click here.

This interview is part of a series of GNU/Linux related talks.  As of this posting, the second in the series, an interview with Tom Marble, is now also available.  Following Tom's talk on Sun's open sourcing of the JDK, will be a talk with Ken Drachnik regarding GlassFish and one with Masood Mortazavi concerning JavaDB.

Pau for now...

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

My Interview with Sam Ramji of Microsoft

The day before OSCON officially kicked off, Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation introduced me to Sam Ramji, director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab.  Seeing the opportunity for an interesting interview I asked Sam if he'd be up for a "recorded chat." 

He graciously agreed and here's the result: Listen to the Inteview (8:27)

Topics:  Where the Open Source Software Lab fits within Microsoft; How big is Sam's group; When software technologies compete, you win;  What reaction does he get when he turns up at FOSS events; Debating Eben Moglen at OSBC -- no one wants patent Armageddon;  Is there a Wubuntu in the works?.

Note: This interview took place two days before Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf announced that Microsoft was submitting its shared source licenses to the Open Source Initiative and that the company was launching an open source site -- moves that prompted this supportive article from Matt Asay, this entry from Miguel de Icaza as well as this analysis from Glyn Moody.

Oh, and lets not forget Chris DiBona of Google's negative reaction  and Ashlee's reaction to his reaction as well as  more thoughts in general, both supportive and questioning. 

May you live in interesting times... :) 

Pau for now...


Update:  ...And it related news, this just in: Microsoft kills its ‘Get the Facts’ anti-Linux site   Nice!

Monday Aug 20, 2007

My Interview with Ashlee Vance of the Register

Ashlee Vance, Enterprise Editor, The Register  Listen to the Interview (7:55)

I first met Ashlee Vance last year at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Mountain View.  Given the snarky style with which he writes and the fact that the Register is a British endeavor I had pictured Ashlee to be some foppish Brit with spectacles and maybe a bow tie. 

The occasion of the meeting was to discuss the fact that Canonical was certifying Sun's servers for Ubuntu and that Glassfish would be a part of the Feisty Faun release.  When I got in the room where the chat was going to be held I saw a somewhat schlubby looking American guy who I assumed to be an Ubuntu hacker who had wandered into the wrong room.  Turns out this was Ashlee. 

Unlike what I had expected, Ashlee was very mellow and unassuming, I guess the better to lull his prey into a false since of security :)   If you're not familiar with Ashlee's articles here are a few recent ones that will give you an idea of his style:

Less than a month ago I had a chance to run into Ashlee again up at OSCON.  The result of that meeting is the following interview

Topics: He's neither British nor a woman; What it means to be a snarky writer; What he shares with Mark Shuttleworth; Open Source does it matter as a term, isn't it simply a different distribution method?  What is the OSI thinking;  How he's come to terms with his name.

Pau for now...

Monday Aug 13, 2007

My Interveiw with Gordon Haff of Iluminata

Ive still got a handful of interviews to roll out from OSCON as well as a couple new ones I taped last week at Linux world.  After getting feedback though, Ive decided to offer them up one at a time instead of  pushing out a whole bunch at once.


Gordon Haff   Principal IT Advisor, Illuminata      Listen to the Interview (5:38)

Today's talk is one that I had with Gordon Haff during O'Reilly Radar on the first day of OSCON.  I chatted with Gordon about his impressions of UbuntuLive;  His take on the spirited discussion between Eben Moglen and Tim O'Reilly; The importance of Open Data; and GPLv3.

For you reference, here is something Gordon wrote about OSCON the day after I met with him: 5 Questions to Ponder from OSCON.   As well as a couple of his postings on GPLv3 that I mention in the interview: GPLv3 Grinds Along -- Does it Matter (April 6, '07) and Linux and GPLv3: A Legal Take.

Gordon is a Principal IT Advisor with Illuminata and was at OSCON covering open source business models and licensing.  Recently Ive seen a bunch of Gordon, first at OSCON then last week at the T2 launch and then later that same day for drinks that Sun was hosting in conjunction with Linux World at the W in San Francisco.  Who knows where he'll pop up next!?

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 ;)

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

My Interviews at Ubuntu Live, Day 2

Here is the second half of my interviews from Ubuntu Live. 

These are from Day 2 and show what an all star guest list the event had.  Be sure and check out me showing off my rusting Japanese when chatting with Horiguchi-san (#3 below).  Also, for an example of a customer running Ubuntu on Sun Hardware take a listen to what Chip Anderson of has to say (#4 below).

1) Marten Mickos, CEO MySQL                     Listen (6:10)

  • Topics:  I caught up with Marten after his keynote on day 2.  We discuss the LAMP, SAMP and WAMP stacks; how Marten got involved with MySQL; 110 airports; The two audiences that MySQL serves -- the ones who'll spend time to save money and the ones who'll spend money to save time; and how he thinks Jonathan Schwartz has done so far.

Marten Mickos in his afternoon keynote on day 2. \*

2) Tim O'Reilly, - Founder and CEO. O'Reilly Media Group     Listen (8:18)

  • Topics:  How Ubuntu Live came about;  How they bring on new conferences;  FOO camp;  books vs conferences;  Changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators; Being the first commercial internet site back in the day and the coolest thing about Portland.
3) Sadanori Horiguchi,  Hitachi America       Listen (3:39) [In Japanese]
  • Topics: Making use of my rusty Japanese, I ask Horiguchi-san what type of work he does , where he uses Ubuntu and what he likes best about the distro;  What are his impressions of Ubuntu Live and would he consider himself an Edo-ko?

4) Chip Anderson, President        Listen (4:17) Topics: 

  • What is, why they've chosen to go with Java and Ubuntu and why they've chosen to run it on the Sun Blade 8000; Why Chip has come to Ubuntu Live and why he digs the train from Seattle to Portland.
5) Matt Zimmerman, CTO, Canonical Inc.               Listen (3:49)
  • Topics:  What's Matt's role in helping to set Ubuntu's technical direction; how he found his way to Ubuntu and Canonical;  Dividing his time between Canonical on the desktop, server and mobile and why he recently made the move from LA to London.

 Stay tuned for more interviews from OSCON and Portland...

 \* See more professional pics from Ubuntu Live by Duncan Davidson (the first one is of myself and David Duffey, who turned me on to the pics, competing in the Bungee run. I won :)

Endnote: The above files are in mp3 (thanks Patrick),  you can grab the ogg versions here.  I would also like to give an endorsement for the Levelator, which Simon turned me on to.  It was absolutely brain dead easy to use and it basically normalizes volume, and cleans up the files for you. And its Free as in Beer and Free as in Freedom.

Pau for now... 

Wednesday Aug 01, 2007

My Interviews at Ubuntu Live, Day 1

As I mentioned a few entries ago, the studio at Sun armed me with a Flash mic before I left for Portland.  The idea was for me to try and conduct some guerrilla style interviews at Ubuntu Live and OSCON. I had no idea what I would come away with but Im quite psyched to say that in three days I taped 18 interviews.

I tried to capture a representative sample of the Free and Open Source Software community, or at least those folks who were actually willing to talk to me. I got CEOs, pundits, a kernel developer, a package maintainer, foundation folks, an actual user of Ubuntu on servers, someone from Microsoft and even trotted out my rusty Japanese for an interview in Nihongo with Horiguchi-san from Hitachi America and big a Ubuntu fan.

Here are the first six interviews which I taped on day one at Ubuntu live.


Here I am interviewing Mark (I lost the dorky headphones after this) 

1) Mark Shuttleworth CEO, Canonical Inc, Ubuntu founder        Listen (5:21)

  • Topics: A conversation with Mark right after the first set of keynotes on the first day of Ubuntu Live (a Sunday morning no less!)  We talk about the show, the new freedom flavor of Ubuntu (Gobuntu),  Benjamin Mako Hill's appointment to the FSF board, Mark's travels to the east and what he's seeing there as well as his favorite food when he's in China.
2) Tim Gardner, Kernel Developer, Canonical Inc.                    Listen (2:57)
  • Topics: What a kernel developer does, where Tim gets his source, how he gets his changes back into the Linux kernel as well as what Tim is working on right now that he's most psyched about.
3) Jane Silber, COO, Canonical Inc.                                         Listen (4:05)
  • Topics:  How it was putting together Ubuntu's first O'Reilly event; Canonical's worldwide strategy meeting in Eugene; sprints and Jane's goals for the event.
4) Daniel Holbach, Ubuntu Desktop Team, Canonical Inc.        Listen (3:38)
  • Topics:  Daniel was a tremendous help when Sun was packaging our apps for Ubuntu's Feisty Faun release.  I chat with Daniel about the process from a package maintainer's point of view as well as I learn about MOTU's and how to become one.  Daniel also lets us know where he likes to hang out when he's home in Berlin.
5) Stephen O'Grady, Analyst Redmonk                                    Listen (8:57)
  • Topics: How Redmonk got into the Free and Open source game (both as their area of focus as well as what they use to run their business on).  We discuss Stephen's keynote "where Ubuntu can go next" -- how the distro can build on the great success its had, move on beyond apt-get and how the online desktop plays in; Mark Shuttleworth's mark on the GNU/Linux world.
6) Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical Inc.   Listen (10:11)
  • Topics:  How the first 9 months of the job have been, whats a community manager do and how does it feel to be stuck in the middle between the Ubuntu community and Canonical.  We also chat about the history of LUG radio and why its more than simply 4 loud Englishmen shouting and swearing.  And finally, if ever anyone finds themselves in Wolverhampton, what should one do for fun.

Be sure and tune in next time for the next six interviews from Ubuntu Live.

Endnote: The above files are in mp3 (thanks Patrick),  you can grab the ogg versions here.  I would also like to give an endorsement for the Levelator, which Simon turned me on to.  It was absolutely brain dead easy to use and it basically normalizes volume, and cleans up the file for you. And its Free as in Beer and Free as in Freedom.

Pau for now...

Saturday Jul 21, 2007

No turntables, but a Microphone

When I was in the studio yesterday to tape my Linux segment for the Sun Developer Network they gave me a Flash mic (where the recording is done in a little flash drive self-contained in the mic iteslf) to take up to Ubuntu Live and OSCON this weekend.  The idea is to do some geurrilla style interviews that I can turn into podcasts.  Could this be the start of a whole new carrier?  Stay tuned...

BTW, speaking of OSCON, Arun has listed Sun's sessions on his blog.  I also cant forget to mention that the boss has given me the green light to buy drinks for folks at Ubuntu live monday night. 

I looked for a venue close to the event and came upon the Red Robin on 1139 Ne Grand about a block and half away from the convention center.  It may not be an uber-trendy upscale bar but convenience is key and it does possess a certain slacker/hipster ironic que ne cest quoi... and did I mention its close?

endnote:  If you didnt catch the allusion in the title of this entry its Beckian in nature, whos music Ill have to admit Ive never fully appreciated, and whom I recently found out is a scientologist.


Pau for now...

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Off to Portland via Menlo Park

Tomorrow morning I get the pleasure of getting up at 4:30 to make it to the airport on time for the 7:00AM nerd bird from Austin to San Jose.  I get up so early so that I have plenty of time for my flight. 

Last trip that extra time came in handy since when I got to the airport I found out I had forgotten my wallet.  I turned around, drove home and was back at the airport, with my wallet, an hour later and still made my flight.  Now you could argue that if I hadnt had to get up so early I wouldnt have been so sleepy that I forgot my wallet in the first place and wouldnt have need that the extra time...but thats a bit of an infinite loop and I wont go there.

Anyway Im off to the mothership tomorrow to tape a segment for the Sun Developer Network channel on Sun's GNU/Linux strategy.  The month of August will feature four to five segments that all have some Linux connection: GlassFish, JavaDB and JDK and mine will be the overview that kicks it off. 

From the Bay Area I then head up to Portland for first Ubuntu Live and then OSCON, both of which Sun is helping to sponsor.  They both have an amazing roster of folks speaking/attending and I hope to learn from, and drink with, the majority of them. 

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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