As you may have noticed from Adam's blog, our time at OSCON was a rousing success. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to write up a real post, since I'm on vacation for the next few days. Adam summed things up pretty well; the two points I'd reiterate are:
Sun has a lot of experience with open source projects, with varying degrees of success. Our meeting with open source leaders was extremely informative; I myself never realized how difficult it is to build a developer community that really works. We're not just throwing source over the wall as a PR stunt or to get free labor; we're doing it (among other reasons) to build a thriving community centered around Solaris. And we need you to help us get it right.
Before our BOF, most people we met were skeptical of Solaris. Because we're a proprietary UNIX, we've gained a reputation of being an old dinosaur: Linux is fast and new and evolving, Solaris is slow and old and stagnant. This couldn't be further from the truth, and it doesn't take a marketing campaign to convince the world otherwise. Once people see DTrace, Zones, Solaris Management Framework, Predictive Self Healing, ZFS, and all the other great features in Solaris 10, there's really no question that Solaris is alive and well. Whether you are an administrator or a developer, there will be something in Solaris that will blow you away. If you haven't seen Solaris 10 in action, get your Solaris Express today and spread the word.