Friday Feb 22, 2008

Chattin' with OpenSUSE's Zonker

When I was at SCALE the weekend before last I caught up with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier.   It was Zonker's 8th day on the job as the OpenSUSE community manager and we talked about his plans and thoughts regarding the new position.

My interview with Zonker (9:41)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

 

Who is Zonker?

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • What its like to go from interviewer, to interviewee
  • Looking at the Novel Microsoft deal a year and a half later.
  • How he would sum up the OpenSUSE community
  • His goals for his new position and where he thinks he can add the most value.
Pau for now...

Tuesday Apr 17, 2007

A month of Releases

Its Spring and Linux releases are blooming like flowers.

RHEL 5 -- The season actually kicked off the last week of Winter with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on March 14.  Originally  targeted for the '06 Christmas season, this release features integrated Xen virtualization support similar to what Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 delivered last summer. 

Debian 4.0 -- Several weeks later, and after a 21 month development cycle, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 was the next release to debut.  Debian 4.0, code named "Etch," was also meant to arrive in time to make it under the holiday tree but instead endured a long and winding road to release including the creation of a Dunc-Tank.  Dunc ['"Development Under Numismatic Control" -- which could equally be called "coin-operated coding"']  was put in place to make sure that Debian hit their December 4 release date.  Needless to say, they didn't.  Who knows when or if 4.0 would have been released without Dunc tank but one things for sure, it did cause a whole bunch of ruckus within the Debian community.  

CentOS 5 -- Most recently, near the end of last week, CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) released CentOS 5, a release which bears an uncanny resemblance to RHEL5. Actually its billed as being a "100% compatible " rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is based on the upstream release 5 including both server and client packages.

Ubuntu 7.04 -- Which brings us to the present and the eve of the eve of the release of Ubuntu's until-now-known "Feisty Faun."   Feisty, which will be released Thursday under the humorless moniker of Ubuntu 7.04, will include performance improvements, improved availability of network services, secure remote network services, UltraSparc improvements (Yea!), updated LAMP stack, updated cluster suites and virtualization.   More importantly on Thursday you'll get to see if we made good on our promise made back in November to include Glassfish (the free and open source Java EE 5 implementation) in the next Ubuntu release. 

Tune in Thursday to see if the Faun comes out caffeinated. :)

 

Pau for now... 

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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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