Friday Sep 19, 2008

A bunch of MySQL/Sun engineers at Software Freedom Day

About 250 MySQL/Sun engineers are meeting in Riga, Latvia, for the annual internal MySQL Developers Meeting. 250 sounds like a large number. And a group picture is quite impressive.

Software Freedom Day Today is Software Freedom Day, which is organized at the local university, and includes talks by Mark Callaghan (Google), Mårten Mickos (MySQL), Domas Mituzas (Wikimedia Foundation).

The full program also mentions free beer, which is an irresistible combination!

Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Marten Mickos at the Software Freedom Day in Riga, Latvia

Mårten Mickos, SVP of Sun Database Group, will speak on MySQL as the platform for the web economy at the Software Freedom Day at the University of Latvia.

The program of the event includes sessions on several open source matters, and a practical workshop on MySQL performance tuning.

Marten Mickos

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Workshop and prize at Software Freedom Day

During MySQL/Sun developers meeting in Riga, Latvia, we will celebrate the Software Freedom Day in cooperation with the University of Latvia and other organizations.

One of the events taking place will be a workshop on MySQL optimization, held at the Linux Center computer lab at the University, under the supervision of Jay Pipes, one of the major experts in MySQL performance tuning.

The best performer at the workshop will be awarded a very appropriate prize. A copy of High Performance MySQL, second edition. Registrations for the workshop hare handled by the Linux Center.

During the workshop, there will be practical exercises of performance tuning, covering best practices and advanced features of MySQL.

Monday Sep 15, 2008

250 Sun/MySQL engineers at Software Freedom Day in Riga

The Software Freedom Day 2008 is approaching. The event will take place wherever you want. If you are interested, just register a team, gather a few friends, and start organizing that in your street, at a local pub, in your university, or wherever you see fit.

MySQL people are very conscious about open source, and we decided to participate to the event somehow. For starters, Sun is a sponsor, and that is a good sign that we care. But we need also to make our presence known. So the initial plan was that every Sun community would encourage its members to create a local Software Freedom Day team and participate.

However, on September 20, the designated day, 250 Sun/MySQL engineers will be in Riga, Latvia, in the middle of our annual developers meeting.

Not a problem. Since we're there, we can celebrate abroad. We have a culture of working from home and while traveling, so an event away from home does not scare us. We got in contact with the local communities, and organized a team in cooperation with

And probably more people who may have joined the effort since we started.

It's a Latvian event, with a distinct international flavor. We will gladly provide the speakers necessary to the event, and the locals will inject their enthusiasm. In the evening, a buffet will combine free software and free beer in a well tested combination.

A special thanks to Leo Trukšāns and Michael Dexter for showing us the way through Latvian open source paths. To Georg Richter for scouting the paths in Riga, and to Lenz Grimmer, for gluing all the above together.

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