By Bill Rushmore III on Oct 16, 2009
Check this out, Brandon Davis in his Ford Mustang won the World Challenge GT Championship. I drive a Mustang and obviously a fan of Sun so I think this is pretty cool!
If you have been paying attention to the news there has been a lot of talk about Sun. If you believe the rumors Sun is pretty much dead or will be soon. I have been a fan of Sun for several years before I joined the company. I was an active member of the Java community since 1996 and then the OpenSolaris community since the beginning. What has impressed me enough to get involved was my admiration for the technologies. I began working for Sun as a contractor last March and then full time a few months later and I am just as excited about working here today as I was on my first day.
So why am I so optimistic about Sun? Well to be honest, I really don't know much about the company's financials, stock price, or what all of the buy out rumors really mean. I can only comment on what I know about and from what I see here at Sun that still impresses me. The main thing that really stands out for with with Sun are the people. There are a lot of very smart and dedicated people here. In the IT industry that is key. So from my perspective Sun has the tools to be successful and will be over time.
Here is just one example of what I am talking about. I use OpenSolaris as my primary desktop on my workstation and laptop. I run bi-weekly development builds on these machines and the level of quality is absolutely amazing for development builds. Sure there are problems from time to time but not any more than I have experienced with popular commercial operating systems that are certainly not development builds. When you stop and think about that it is really amazing and something that you really don't hear much about but should.
It's official, I now work for Sun as a full time employee. It has been been a long road and even though it may sound cliché it is really a dream come true. I am working with the group that runs OpenSolaris.org site which has historically been known as the Tonic team. The team is part of the Solaris Kernel Group.
So how does a Java Developer become part of the Solaris Kernel Group? Well for me it started at JavaOne in 2005. I attended a BOF on DTrace and Java. I was completely amazed at what Bryan Cantrill was doing on his Ferrari laptop with DTrace probing a live Java app. From that moment on I was hooked on OpenSolaris and got involved with the community. In March I was lucky enough to land a contracting job with Sun and this week I am now I am officially an employee.
Sun is truly a fantastic company to work for and I am very grateful for the opportunity. For one thing, I did not have to relocate thanks to Sun´s Open Work program. I have found Sun really values the employees and just doesn't view them as just another resource on a spreadsheet. But most importantly I can completely relate to the values and innovate thinking of Sun and obviously a ¨true believer¨ in the vision. This might sound a little over the top but it is really how I feel.
Bill Rushmore III