Monday Mar 10, 2008

Dave Roberts of Vyatta - In his own words

I went with a dramatic title this time since I've gotten tired of entitling my podcast-related entries, "talking with" or "chattin' with."  

Today's entry marks the last of the three interviews that I conducted at SCALE a few weeks ago.   This one is with Dave Roberts whom I originally met a year ago at the University of Hawaii when we were both there, along with Richard Stallman, to present.

Dave works for Vyatta whose business is "open source networking" ("networking" as in routers, not schmoozing although I'm sure Dave could hold his own in either environment). 

My interview with Dave (9:36)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

 
 Dave "I'm happy just to be here" Roberts

Who is Dave?

  • VP of Strategy and Marketing at Vyatta
  • A resident of the Bay Area
  • Holder of 5 patents
  • Once upon a time an HP engineer
  • A gaucho

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • How Vyatta has developed a Free and Open Source replacement for products from Cisco and Juniper e.g midrange VPN, firewalls and routers.
  • How their OS is Debian-based but adapted to be more network-centric.
  • What the Vyatta community is like and how they treat newbies.
  • What hardware do they use.
  • Their next release which is due in a couple of months and what their plans are for 2008. 

Pau for now... 

 

Thursday Jan 18, 2007

Hawaii Bound

Well Im really excited because tomorrow morning at 9:00AM I jet off to Hawaii to speak at the Pacific Free and Open Source Convention  (PFOSSCON.)

I weaseled my way into this since Im the only member of the Free and Open Source Group at Sun that was born and raised in Hawaii.  Not that being from the islands was a prerequisite but that didnt stop me from putting myself forward as the most appropriate candidate.  I even got to do pre-press for the event by doing an interview on KTUH, the university of Hawaii at Manoa's student radio station which is also streamed live on the web.

At PFOSSCON, I will be sharing the bill with none other than the prophet of the Free Software Movement himself, Richard Stallman.   Ive never seen Stallman speak and since I will be managing Sun's relationship with the Free Software Foundation, this will be a great opportunity.  Also speaking will be Dave Roberts.  Dave is VP of strategy and marketing at a cool looking company called Vyatta that is pursuing open source networking.

The conference is on Saturday, so I will have Sunday to relax with friends and relatives.  Monday we are off to Waimea on the Big Island to do a mini conference to the astronomer community and other interested parties.  Waimea is fascinating since its a small little town that is home to some of the world's top astronomers.  The reason for this is that it is at the foot of Mauna Kea which, given its height and location in the middle of the Pacific, hosts some of the most advanced observatories on earth. Observatories such as the  Keck, Gemini and CFHT

I plan to take a bunch of pictures and post some in future blogs.  I may even blog from the isles while Im there...but then again, the risk of getting sand in my laptop may be too great and I may have to keep it zipped up in its case.

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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