"... \*AMP, a systems level view"
By downstream on Jan 30, 2008
I'd never seen the reference outside of Sun before today, but there it was, in the conference program for DrupalCon Boston :
Describing the Site Building track at the conference, the program lists track topics, including, "Drupal and \*AMP, a systems level view". The asterisk clearly denotes a substitution variable, which had previously been the constant "L", preceding the abbreviation for Apache-MySQL-PHP/Perl/Python. This is a clear tip of the hat to Solaris. The new acronym, presumably pronounced star amp, bestows equal opportunity status to Solaris and Linux within the Drupal community.
I expect there will be plenty of interest in Solaris and other Sun technologies at DrupalCon, which convenes March 3-6 at the Boston Convention & Expo Center - the news of Sun's intent to acquire MySQL did not go unnoticed, and high profile sites running on Solaris are turning up frequently. I guess that's why my Inbox has been overflowing with correspondence from the Drupal community.
Sun is a Gold sponsor of DrupalCon Boston. We'll be handing out Solaris Express DVD's and we're giving a Sun Fire T1000 server to the winner of the Drupal Showcase competition. I'll be a panelist in the Performance Tuning session, and I'll also be presenting some Solaris deployment techniques and best practices similar to what I presented at a DrupalCon last September in Barcelona. I'm hoping we'll also have a contingent from Project Caroline to let the community in on the next big thing in Web2.0 development platforms. As if all that from Sun wasn't enough, rumor has it, MySQL Director of Technology, Brian Aker is going to keynote the conference.