Dan Roberts on OpenSolaris ... or Something Useful in our meeting!

As part of the existing OpenSolaris constitution, we (the OpenSolaris Governing Board) are required to hold an annual "meeting" before the election in order for the election to be valid.  While, generally, this involves a fetch a rock exercise of core contributors (aka "members") logging into the forum, announcing themselves, then logging off, we do occasionally have useful and interesting conversations here. (and before you comment how silly that requirement is, please note that we have a new proposed constitution at this year's election that removes the annual meeting requirement).

Peter Tribble invited Dan Roberts to our virtual meeting the day after it started, and he joined and was very forthcoming about Oracle and their thoughts on OpenSolaris and Solaris:

"Oracle is investing more in Solaris than Sun did prior to the acquisition, and will continue to contribute technologies to OpenSolaris, as Oracle already does for many other open source projects."

While not all questions could be answered at that time, I was very pleased to see the community being engaged and concerns listened to.

Comments:

Nothing there that Oracle haven't already said publicly. But with so many top Solaris guys having left Sun since Oracle took over, it probably doesn't matter how much money Oracle throw at it. It'll never be the same again.

Posted by guest on March 10, 2010 at 07:53 AM PST #

The annual "meeting" before election is not a silly idea and should not be removed. Even though this meeting might not always constitute a useful interaction it serves as a place-holder for the event where a member has a formal issue to be raised before election.

Posted by HJ on August 04, 2010 at 03:43 PM PDT #

HJ -

The mandatory number of attendees in the annual meeting is a very silly idea. Many folks are not interested in attending and being forced to, just so we can officially hold an election, is silly.

Of course, having a meeting room open where the candidates can be present to answer questions and the current OGB present, is useful. It's just the announcing, counting, minimum number of attendees allowed for a "legal" election that was beyond cumbersome.

hope that helps to clarify.

Valerie

Posted by Valerie Fenwick on August 06, 2010 at 03:43 AM PDT #

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