Saturday Dec 08, 2007

Live Blogging Day 5: Contributing to OpenSolaris

If you are attending FOSS.IN, head to the JN Tata auditorium now. If you have always been interested to contribute to OpenSolaris, but did not know where to start...this is the place to be. Jim Grisanzio, Community Manager for OpenSolaris is providing some practical tips to contribute to the product.


Jim Grisanzio is also a top Sun blogger. We are fortunate to have him on all the five days of the FOSS.IN conference.  Thank you Jim!

Here is the link to Jim's presentation. "Ten quick ways to contribute to OpenSolaris" is part of the presentation.

Live Blogging Day 5: GlassFish BoF

As part of FOSS.IN 2007, a BoF on GlassFish was held. GlassFish is an enterprise-quality Java EE 5 application server that offers advanced clustering, centralized administration, and best-in-class performance built by the GlassFish community. The Java EE SDKs contain the Sun Java System Application Server (Sun's supported distribution of GlassFish). For more information, click here.

The BoF was a success with lot of people attending. Some photos from the GlassFish BoF.

Live Blogging Day 5 or Day 1?

For many people in Bangalore, it is Day 1 (of the 5-day India Pakistan cricket match). But for those attending FOSS.IN, this is the closing day (Day 5).

Outside in Bangalore today...:-)


Monday Dec 03, 2007

FOSS.IN 2007 Countdown: 12 hours to go!

FOSS.IN 2007 will open in just 12 hours. Day 1 and Day 2 are "Project Days". Day 1 (Dec 4, 2007) will focus on OpenSolaris. Day 2 (Dec 5, 2007) will focus on

Bookmark this page for live reports from the conference. Live blogging starts in just 12 hours.

Friday Nov 30, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Demo: Sun Grid

Watch Sun engineers Ravi Chandra Nallan and Prem Kumar demonstrate "Distributed web search using SGE and Apache Nutch/Lucene" next week in FOSS.IN.

This is a demo of features available in the Sun Grid Engine to perform a web crawl/ search using Nutch, an open source search engine.

Thursday Nov 29, 2007

FOSS.IN Series: The hottest event this winter

Watch out for demos, lightning talks, and BoFs from Sun. Sun is also participating in the hack center.


Sun is organizing several technical demos at FOSS.IN on bleeding edge technologies such as SunGrid, GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenJDK, and SOA/BI. Engineers who are part of the core team for each of these technologies will run these demos.

For more information, click here.

The FOSS.IN hack center

The Hack Center is a new addition to FOSS.IN this year. It is a large area which will be open throughout the conference duration, from 9:00am to 7:00pm, where people can get together to work on FOSS projects. The center will be provided with PCs, power, switched networks and Internet connectivity, tables and chairs. Sun is planning several exciting events at the hack center. For more information, visit:

Lightning Talks and BoFs

Sun is also participating in lightning talks and BoFs. Lightning Talks are short, five minute talks/presentation on just about any topic, as long as they are related to FOSS. Birds-of-a-feather or BoF sessions will happen throughout the main conference, in semi-open tents equipped with wireless LAN, power and white boards. Topics will be free-form and impromptu.

We have everything planned and we are all set to go and engage with the community. What are you waiting for? Easily, FOSS.IN is the most happening thing in the FOSS world this time of the year. If you have not already registered for the event, do it now:

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Glynn Foster

We are glad to have Glynn Foster, Product Manager for Project Indiana visit us next week. Glynn will speak on "Introduction to OpenSolaris".

More about Glynn:

Glynn has been working on the GNOME and JDS projects with Sun Microsystems for the past 7 years and more recently moved to the marketing team to work on Project Indiana and OpenSolaris. Glynn is a current GNOME Foundation Board Director and OpenSolaris Governing Board Member. Glynn is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand though is Irish by nature.

More about the topic - Introduction to OpenSolaris:

I will be speaking during the OpenSolaris Project Day, detailing the first steps that people can expect to take in the OpenSolaris project from a developer standpoint. This talk will introduce the various tools and resources that are available, and the process involved in contributing to the source base.

Why is Glynn excited to be attending FOSS.IN?

In his own words...

I've been hearing for years that it's the most incredible conference in terms of sheer enthusiasm - I'm looking forward to directly experiencing that myself.

Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

FOSS.IN Countdown: 5 days to go


We just have 5 days for FOSS.IN 2007 to begin. The "Project Day" events deserve special mention. A project day is a whole day of activity (Talks, demos, and discussion) on a particular technology or tool. We are glad to have a dedicated day each for OpenSolaris and OpenOffice.

  • December 4, 2007: OpenSolaris
  • December 5, 2007: OpenOffice

The OpenSolaris project day has been featured in this blog. Keep visiting this blog for more information. The OpenOffice project day will also be featured in this blog in the next few days.

Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Dr. Frank Peters

We are glad to have Dr. Frank Peters, Information Products Manager coming to Bangalore next week for FOSS.IN. Frank will speak on " Documentation Project".


More about Dr. Frank Peters:

Frank Peters is a manager in the Information Products Group of Sun Microsystems working on Desktop documentation from Hamburg, Germany. He is co-leading Sun's documentation efforts for open source software inside IPG enabling technical writer groups to adapt easily to the open source mindset and allow efficient work in open source communities. Frank has been working on and StarOffice documentation since 2001 and co-leads the documentation project. Frank has 10+ years working experience in hardware and software technical documentation and holds a degree in Chemistry.

Summary of Frank's talk: OpenOffice Documentation Project:

The talk will introduce the Documentation project and describe its importance as part of the community effort. The roles of the existing publication and collaboration channels, like Web, Wiki, Online Help and User Forum, as well as aspects of connecting the process of generating and maintaining user and developer documentation for with software development, release management, and localization will be described in detail.  A view on the future of documentation collaboration and knowledge management will outline perspectives for working with documentation. The audience will be able to understand how documentation interacts with software development and release processes, and will be given hints for how to participate in the documentation community.

Why is Frank excited to be attending FOSS.IN?

In his own words...

There are a lot of open source enthusiasts in India. I want to enthuse some of them to be part of the growing documentation community and help users and developers to adopt around the globe.

FOSS.IN Featured Demo: JavaFX on the Desktop

Look out for a demo on “JavaFX on the Desktop” by Sun engineers Vaibhav Kulkarni and Kannan Balasubramanian.  

The demo features:

  • How to write simple JavaFX scripts to generate powerful and complex graphics
  • Compare JavaFX output with a regular Java program output in generating similar graphics

Also, look out for:

  • Some cool graphic demos written entirely in JavaFX 
  • Fullscreen demos using JavaFX

Mahipalsinh Rana


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