Greetings from FISL 6.0
By user12619391 on Jun 01, 2005
Eric and I (and a cast of many blogless others) are currently in Porto Alegre, Brazil representing Sun at FISL 6.0. FISL is a ginormous Brazilian Open Source conference; it seems very fitting that we be here given the impending release of OpenSolaris. Over the next three days we'll be spending a lot of time in our booth giving mini-presentations about specific Solaris features and generally about OpenSolaris. Please stop by if you're around and have questions. Or even if you just want a t-shirt.
So far it has been an interesting experience for me; it's the first time I've seriously ventured into the southern hemisphere, to say nothing of Brazil. It's also strange, shortly after spending a few months in China clawing my way up the language ladder to the point where I could have simple conversations, read menus, and get myself around, to be once again thrust into a situation where the language is a significant barrier1,2. Fortunately, the fears of being unable to communicate with other conference attendees that were forming after my first, almost-exclusively Portugeuse 24 hours in Porto Alegre where dashed when at our pre-event session we had a sizeable English-speaking audience armed with lots of intelligent questions. At the left you can see Eric presenting new Solaris features in a pose deserving of a scribbled-in mustash and red armband -- all I can say is that it is better than the other photo I took, unpublished here, which will simply be referred to as "the action shot". In contrast, Tom Goguen, speaking about OpenSolaris, has clearly taken the SunU class on avoiding dictator-like poses. (No-one thought to take a picture of me, fortunately; my camera karma is quite bad).
For the rest of the day we hung around the booth, chatting with anyone who stopped by. The most common queries regarded Solaris features they've heard about, how much we were charging for the Solaris 10 DVDs and OpenSolaris t-shirts we were giving away for free, and how they could get OpenSolaris today. Obviously some people came away happier than others, but on the whole I think most people had a good time -- we certainly did. The questions we got were great, and it was fun to be able to talk to such a technically-savvy crowd. I'm definitely looking forward to the next couple of days.
1The existence of cognates is a welcome crutch.
2There have been many occasions where I have caught myself about to say "那个..." -- a sign that at some subconcious level my brain believes that speaking any foreign language would suffice.