Monday Mar 12, 2007

OGP election



About a week ago I accepted my nomination for the OGB after being nominated by Garrett D'Amore medio february.

Why do I nominate myself?

I've always felt a strong sense of community with all folks involved with Unix, SunOS and later Solaris. Having earned the dubious distinction of running one of the few Solaris 2.1 sites in production and sharing my experiences of that time with the world, I can truly say that I have been part of the Solaris community pretty much from the day it was born.

I joined Sun some years later, in 1995, and continued to be outward facing and involved with the community, regardless of whatever folly reigned at Sun at the time such as the time the edict came that all outside communication needed to be approved by a PR person. Surely they wouldn't have found the time to approve my 1000s of posts, even if they had found the will.

As the most prolific Sun employee/poster in OpenSolaris I believe I have firmly established my role as a community player; leading the laptop community and sharing some of the stuff I made through the OpenSolaris website.

I also think the OGB needs a person who is well-versed in Solaris "ON" development; someone who knows an ARC from a C-team and who has more than passing knowledge of our development process.


As an OGB member, I think I foremost want to focus on getting the open development process moving ahead more smoothly; and this does mean direct commit access. The current system is too much of a bottleneck for external development. As a Sun employee, I can look at both sides of the fence which can help resolve issues between Sun and the community.

But I also believe in quality all the time; it is what makes Solaris fairly stable to use, even using the more or less experimental releases.

I've written a bunch of code and have literally build 100s of kernels; some of which blew up spectacularly but others of which code found its way back into (Open)Solaris such as Solaris privileges, getpeerucred() et.al. I've distributed experimental code (acpidrv, powernow) and even experimented with the X server. As a security person, I have needed to touch larger parts of the system than many of my peers; security bugs know no boundaries.

I make a point of always running the latest release of Solaris Nevada on most of my systems, that is, unless there's fatal brakage. So my little home server, my laptop and my desktops all run Snv_59 today.

Once we have established all our procedures, I see the OGB pretty much as a hands-off body. We are there to quell conflicts but I don't think we should be pussyfooting around the mailing lists; a spade is a spade so let's not call it by another name. Arguments are healthy and should not be supressed unless they become destructive. I like to think that developers like it that way: just enjoy doing there thing with as little as possible outside interference.

Yes, I'm late in posting this; let me just say that life was pretty full the last few weeks. Both workwise (moving office and some urgent matters which required me to skip some vacation) and personal (buying a new house). Lame excuses, I know.

Let your vote be counted!

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