Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

Mark Shuttleworth: from Debian Developer to Ubuntu Founder

The other podcast that I did while I was at Debconf8 down in Argentina was with the ever charming Mark Shuttleworth, Debian developer in a past-life and founder of the Debian-based Ubuntu.  Take a listen! (pay no attention to my sniffling and broken Spanish in the beginning :)

My interview with Mark (15:33)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)

If you havent met Mark he's 6'10" (notice the relative size of the cup).  As a student he was starting guard on the Capetown Krugerrands pro basketball team.\*

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How mark got involved with Debian back in '93-- he noticed the lack of an Apache package so he banged one together and contributed it
  • After he sold his first company, what drove him to found Ubuntu and why did he choose to base it on Debian?
  • What is the business model behind Canonical and how has it evolved over time, particularly when in the case of Ubuntu, "the bits are free" (from technical support contracts to custom engineering)
  • Where will Ubuntu most likely get traction in the enterprise, via the server or desktop?
  • The trends Mark sees in the industry today
  • The Ubuntu+Red Hat+SUSE+ IBM "Microsoft-Free desktop" announcement that was made at Linux World and how this represents "a shift in what's possible"
  • Where Mark sees Ubuntu two years from now, what its like being your own angel investor and does Mark have an exit strategy?

\*(Mark really isn't 6'10 and I don't think there is such a team as the Capetown Krugerrands).

Pau for now...

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Open JDK in Debian's Lenny -- Distro Grandslam!

Not long after I began my journey home from Debconf last week, OpenJDK officially made it into Lenny.  Lenny is Debian's next release and is due out late next month (fingers and toes crossed). 


Pitching OpenJDK to the Debian powers-that-be: Doko (lower left) explains the finer details of OpenJDK to Mark Hymers at Debconf while, Neil, Phil and Joerg look on.

Can't Swing a Dead Cat without hitting a Distro with OpenJDK Included

With inclusion in Lenny, OpenJDK is now in all of the top four FOSS GNU/ Linux distros and available for two more:

OpenJDK included in Available for

Thank Yous All Around

A big Mahalo to everyone working on Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Debian who made this possible with specific shout-outs to:

Pau for now...

Thursday Aug 07, 2008

Gordon Haff of Illuminata shares his views from OSCON

My last podcast from OSCON is with industry pundit Gordon Haff of Illuminata (I actually also recorded an interview with someone from Amazon Web Services but their PR department nixed it after the fact). 

I originally did an interview with Gordon at the Red Hat Summit back in June but due the vagueries of technology, it vanished.  Gordon was kind enough to give me a make up in Portland.

My interview with Gordon (15:04)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)


A man of many words. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Why Gordon was attending OSCON.  It has something to do with "philosophical underpinnings."
  • Red Hat as the most successful pure-play Open Source software company.
  • How IBM has used Open Source to sell proprietary software.
  • While Microsoft may be "Dead in Theory," it keeps turning a profit.
  • Ubuntu's chances in the enterprise space
  • Sun, a clear set of strategies around Open Source.  What about execution?

For more Gordon-from-OSCON, check out this piece he did from up there: The Attribution Problem

Pau for now...

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

OpenJDK default Java Runtime in Ubuntu

Last week, Doko (pictured here), sent out a mail to the ubuntu-devel-announce list saying that, for Ubuntu's Intrepid release due in October, "OpenJDK6 is the default java runtime / development kit in main, on all architectures."

This marks a key accomplishment for the JDK which began its it relationship with Ubuntu in the multiverse repository thanks to the Distribution License for Java

The Road to Freedom 

In the last year or so the JDK has been liberated and with the help of the folks from the Iced Tea project, encumbrances have been removed one by one.  With the release of OpenJDK JDK moved into Ubuntu's Universe repository in 8.04

Now, as of last week, it is has moved directly into the heart of the Ubuntu distribution, Main!  With OpenJDK in Main this means that the flood gates are now open for all Open Source apps that depend on the JDK to, as community manager Jorge put it, "rock in Ubuntu."

Interested in Getting Involved?

If you want to get involved check out the Java Team on the Ubuntu wiki.  Here is the background from Daniel's blog.  Make your Java app rock in Ubuntu!  Rock on.  :)

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... 

Monday Jun 02, 2008

Pics from Prague

As I've mentioned before, two weeks ago I headed to Prague to attend FOSS Camp and the Ubuntu Developer Summit for the next release, Intrepid Ibex.  The way the schedule was set-up we had a free day on Sunday between the two events.  

After catching up on some badly needed sleep I headed off early Sunday afternoon to explore the city.  Here are a few pictures from my adventures.

Pau for now...

Friday May 23, 2008

Ubuntu Developer Summit - Prague

On Monday this week I attended the first day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Prague.  The summit which just ended today, was intended to drive plans and decisions for the next Ubuntu release "Intrepid Ibex" which is due out on October 30th.  (Check out the reports from the summit here.)


Mark welcomes the masses while Jono scans the crowd for hecklers.

Sun had about 12 folks there representing GlassFish, Open JDK, NetBeans, Hudson, Sun Studio and MySQL.  We attended sessions, had side meetings and had a big Canonical/Sun sync up at the end of the day to talk about the slew of software we hope to get into Intrepid. 

This was my third UDS and my favorite so far -- I loved the location, I loved all the Sun participation and I loved getting to see people who are becoming old friends! :)

The Many Faces of UDS Intrepid

  
  
  


Rick Clark brings the Ubuntu server team to its feet. 


Post pow-wow pic: Kaj Arno (MySQL), Mark Shuttleworth (Canonical), Arseniy Kuznetsov (NetBeans), Matt Zimmerman (Canonical) 

 
Robert has a bazaar conversation with the NetBeans guys (Yarda & Arseniy) 


Abhijit and Nitya talkin' GlassFish 


The road we took to dinner. 

Pau for now... 

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... 

Wednesday May 14, 2008

Linux Distro Smack Down - the Podcast

As promised, after individual presentations at last week's CommunityOne I brought together the community leaders of three of the top GNU/Linux distros (Zonker Brockmeier, OpenSUSE; Jono Bacon, Ubuntu; Karsten Wade, Fedora), threw in Glynn Foster of OpenSolaris and moderated a no-holds-barred panel.  (It took them three hours to clean up the blood afterwards!!)

Although the panel itself wasn't recorded, immediately after it concluded, the five of us headed to the make-shift podcast studio we had set up at the event and recorded the following discussion.  Listen at your peril!

My Discussion with the panel (44:08)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)


No glasses? No facial hair? Get in the back.
Zonker Brockmeier, OpenSUSE; Jono Bacon, Ubuntu; Karsten Wade, Fedora;  Glynn Foster (standing), OpenSolaris
 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How the gentlemen balance the needs of the community with the needs of their corporate parent.
  • Working with upstream providers.  Is the heat Ubuntu gets on this subject justified? Karsten's mantra (Glynn, a former GNOME director, also offers a perspective from the upstream)
  • Shout-outs to Debian
  • Governance and how each of the distros handles it (the community/corporate split and who picks the members)
  • In the last third of the podcast we head off in to the realm of the philosophical and address Free vs. Non-Free software, the "Vocal Minority," Richard Stallman, mini-Stallman's and all things holy.
Pau for now...

Thursday May 08, 2008

NetBeans in Mandriva Linux, Fedora next

One of the things I really enjoy about JavaOne is getting to meet other Sun employees from around the world whom I've only corresponded with via email or talked to over the phone.  Earlier this week I got to meet Jaroslav "Yarda" Tulach from our NetBeans team in Prague.

I had recently learned that Jaroslav, on his own time, had packaged NetBeans for inclusion in Mandriva 2008.1.   This effort also served as the basis for the work needed to get NetBeans into Ubuntu.  I had planned to blog about this before JavaOne but things got too crazy.  Now I'm able to post the entry and with a picture to boot!

Not only that but at JavaOne I learned from Tom Fitzsimmons of Fedora/RedHat that Jaroslav's work to get NetBeans into Fedora is coming along nicely and should result in NetBeans getting in a update for Fedora 9.  Tres cool!


Jaroslav, this Bud's for you (the real Czech kind not the crappy American brew). 

Pics from CommunityOne & JavaOne

Here are a few pictures from earlier this week taken at CommunityOne and day one of JavaOne

Podcasts a comin'

In the next few days I will also be posting a bunch of podcasts I did while in San Francisco including a bunch from key OpenSolaris folks, a post-Distro-smackdown recording,  an interview with the Fedora IcedTea guys and a chat with the JRuby dudes.

 
Mr. Finch exits -- Before either event even began, the city was crawling with Java topped cabs.

CommunityOne and the Launch of OpenSolaris (this time for real)


Marten Mickos, Neelan Choksi and Ian Murdock hold forth on FOSS business models at RedMonkTwo


C1 Speakers: Jono Bacon (Ubuntu), Zonker Brockmeier (OpenSUSE), Mako Hill (FSF), Karsten Wade (Fedora)


Sun Software EVP Rich Green and RedMonk pundit Steveo Grady talk seriously under the disco ball at the OpenSolaris launch party. 

JavaOne - DayOne 


The MySQL Community Crew attend their first JavaOne as Sun employees (and find that that means they don't get the free backpack).  L-R: Jay Pipes, Giuseppe Maxia, Lenz Grimmer and Colin Charles.  


The post-keynote deluge. 

 
If you attend JavaOne you've gotta get your picture taken with Duke (there was a huge line).

Pau for now... 

Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

Free Java in Ubuntu 8.04LTS; Coming soon to Fedora 9

Last week, with the release of Ubuntu 8.04LTS, came the debut of the JDK in Ubuntu's Universe repository.  

Universe? So What?

While the JDK had been in Ubuntu's Multiverse before, getting into Universe meant having JDK packages based on OpenJDK6 that were 100% free. This was made possible by the work of a lot of people at Sun and the community (most notably the folks at Fedora cranking on IcedTea).  

The effort to produce the Free implementation started in earnest, as Mark Reinhold points out, last summer when Joe Darcy began creating a Free software "JDK6 code base by removing new features from a clone of the JDK 7 code and then gradually working through the remaining encumbrances and other issues." 

Having a Free implementation of the JDK also opens the doors for packages that depend on a JDK being in Universe, one example being NetBeans, which also made its Universe debut in 8.04LTS. 

Fedora Next

Free Java also means that  Fedora 9 which is due out in a couple of weeks on May 13, will also be able to include an OpenJDK implementation (Fedora, unlike Ubuntu, only accepts Free software).   Specifically, according to Lillian at Red hat's blog, the java-1.6.0-openjdk  package will replace java-1.7.0-icedtea that was in Fedora 8.   Check out the details here on the Fedora wiki.  More hoopla to come on the actual release of Fedora 9.

Mahalo Doko

A huge shout-out to Doko, aka Matthias Klose, the Ubuntu Java ubermensch who did the actual packaging of OpenJDK and then went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the latest versions of GlassFish and JavaDB made it into 8.04LTS as well.

 
Doko and me in an Edinburgh pub last summer at Debconf7.  I owe him a few more of what he's holding in his hand.

Java in Ubuntu -- A Trip down Memory Lane

The JDK first appeared in Ubuntu two years ago in the 6.06LTS release and was made possible by the DLJ (Distribution License for Java) which made Java technology redistributable.  One release later, the JDK was joined in Multiverse by some of its buddies: GlassFish, NetBeans and JavaDB.  In 7.10, the "Java Stack" while still in Multiverse was made up of rev'd component pieces.  And now with 8.04LTS, NetBeans and the JDK are both in Universe and GlassFish and Java DB have been updated. 

Stay tuned for Intrepid Ibex and see where Java lands next!

Java Component
Ubuntu 8.04LTS
Ubuntu 7.10 - Multiverse
Ubuntu 7.04 - Multiverse
Java Dev Kit   Universe: based on OpenJDK6
Multiverse:  6u6
6u3
6
NetBeansIDE  Universe: 6.0.1
5.5.1 v1
5.5, 5.5.1\*
GlassFish  Multiverse: v2u1 
v1
v1
Java DB  Multiverse: 10.3
10.2.2
10.2

\*in backport

Want More?

Pau for now... 

Sunday Apr 27, 2008

GNU/Linux Distro Smack Down! Only at CommunityOne

Fedora! OpenSuse! Ubuntu! -- Three community managers together on one stage!  And if that wasn't sick enough we're going add in OpenSolaris and one of their board members!

When?! Where?! How Much?!

One day only, Monday May 5 at CommunityOne at the Moscone Center in San Francisco! 

And the price of admission? FREE! FREE! FREE!  Free as in beer, Free as in Freedom, Free as you feel when you're riding your Harley down a twisting mountain rode at midnight listening to death metal and the wind is howling through your hair, like a banshee thats sooooo mad its not even funny!


Meet the Gladiators: 

   
 Fedora  OpenSUSE
 Ubuntu
  OpenSolaris
Karsten "The Killer" WadeZonker "Bring it On" BrockmeierJono "No Mercy" Bacon
Glynn "Miles of Smiles " Foster
 Don't let the fact that three of the four of these gentlemen wear glasses fool you!

The Schedule - Monday May 5

These community warriors will each be given an hour to present their side of the story then we'll bring them all together at the end of the day for the first Free and Open Source panel ever to be held in a locked cage! 

No rules, no limits, no problem! 

12:25 - 1:20    Jono Bacon - Community leader Ubuntu Linux!

1:30 - 2:25     Zonker Brockmeier - Community leader OpenSUSE Linux!

2:35 - 3:30     Karsten Wade - Sr. Developer Community Manager!

4:00 - 4:45     Distro Panel: Jono, Zonker, Karsten + Glynn Foster - OpenSolaris Governing Board member, moderated be me!

You'll not want to miss this one!

Pau for  now...

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04LTS is Live -- Sun Systems First to be Certified!

A few hours ago, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support) made its worldwide debut.  Parties are being held by LoCo teams around the world and there is even an IRC bash that is currently going on.

LTS Mach II

This is Ubuntu's second LTS version and just like the first, Ubuntu 6.06LTS, this one has been certified to run Sun systems.   Not only that but so far Sun is the only major vendor to be certified on 8.04LTS. 

8.04 is a big deal because, as an LTS, it is supported with free patches and upgrades for five years on the server and three years on the desktop.  Normal releases are supported for 18 months on both the server and desktop.  This is Canonical's big run at the enterprise and its great to be a part of it!

Which Sun Systems?

Canonical has certified four Sun servers, three new ones and one which has been certified since the last LTS.  These servers represent both AMD and Intel based systems and, in the case of the AMD-based X2200M2 and the Intel-based X4150 the certification holds for both the dual and quadcore versions.  Also certified is the Intel-based Ultra 24 workstation which was first certified on the 7.10 release.

Arch.
System
Ubuntu 8.04LTS
Ubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu 7.04
Ubuntu 6.06LTS
AMD Sun Fire X2100 M2 server certified


AMD
Sun Fire X2200 M2 server certified


AMD Sun Fire X4100 server certified certified certified certified
Intel
Sun Fire X4150 server certified


Intel
Sun Ultra 24 workstation certified certified

 

The Heron has landed - Congrats all around!

So a toast to the Ubuntu community, Canonical and Hardy Heron, a most excellent release!

 

Pau for now... 

Sunday Apr 20, 2008

Jono Bacon on LugRadio Live US, Hardy Release Parties etc.

I was able to catch up with Mr. Bono Jacon Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager, not long after he and his miscreant buddies that call themselves "LugRadio" had hosted their very first "Rock Conference" in the U.S aka LugRadio Live USA 2008 

My interview with Jono (12:53)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)
(a bit of background noise from tech-hooligans for the first couple minutes but then it goes away)


 
Jono receives millions from endorsement deals. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How LugRadio live US went
  • The differences between holding LugRadio Live in Wolverhampton and San Francisco
  • Who attended the event and who presented.
  • How Frets on Fire allows Jono to prance around his living room like he's never pranced before.
  • The Ubuntu Hardy Heron release this week and the LoCo Team release parties around the world.
  • Ubuntu Open Week
  • FOSS camp and the Ubuntu Developer Summit coming up in Prague.

 Pau for now...

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