By elowe on Jun 14, 2006
It's been a year now since OpenSolaris went live, and so far it's been a very positive experience for me.
Since we "went open" I've found it easier to communicate with folks working on Solaris inside of Sun. As is the case in many large organizations, Sun folks have a tendency to communicate primarily within their local groups both geographically and organizationally. OpenSolaris has built a community which crosses organizational boundaries, and as such it has torn down the barriers to open communication.
It has also been fun to see the number of folks who are living on the edge. There are many users in the community (and developers too) who are eager to try out new features, or to see OpenSolaris running on their kewl new (or in some cases, old) hardware. Having been used to working on a feature for a couple of years, and have it take a year after that to make it into the mainstream, this is a nice shift.
The part I really enjoy about the community, however, is the ability to have frank discussions with our end-users. There's no substitute for hearing about the pain (or pleasure) being experienced by end-users straight from the source. If only all software were done this way!
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