JASS & me
By gbrunett-Oracle on Nov 12, 2004
As many of you may know, over the last 4+ years, I have worked as the lead developer on the Solaris Security Toolkit. It has been a wild ride and a lot of fun. After supporting over 20 releases of the code however, I have decided that it is time for me to try some new things. While I am not leaving Sun, I will no longer be actively developing JASS. Instead, I will be working on a number of other new skunk-works projects that I can only hope will be as useful to our customers and as successful as JASS has been.
The Solaris Security Toolkit has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a skunk-works project. The Toolkit has grown and matured over the years and has been deployed at over 20,000 customer systems across the globe helping to secure Solaris and Trusted Solaris on the SPARC, Intel and AMD platforms. It has been integrated into a number of Sun Client Solutions and iForce offerings as well as Sun Education courses and certification exams. In short, it has become the de facto standard to hardening the Solaris OS.
More recently, the Solaris Security Toolkit has undergone a productization effort and detailed architectural review. JASS has gone a long way from just a "toolkit developed by SunPS". Today, JASS is an official project with dedicated resources for architecture, development, quality assurance, release engineering and documentation. You should start the the fruits of this effort starting with the next release of the Toolkit. Alex Noordergraaf, the co-founder and lead architect of JASS, will continue to drive the project ever forward. This is all great news and will serve to make the Toolkit even better than ever.
I will continue to work with the JASS team in a consultative capacity especially on matters of architecture, Client Solutions integration and support. As many people have in the past sent me JASS related questions and RFEs directly, I would take this opportunity to ask that you forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be properly handled.
Lastly, I just wanted to thank all of the JASS users! Without you, the Toolkit would not be what it is today. This project has succeeded more than I could have ever dreamed. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your enthusiasm for the project as well as your support and patience (especially for those early releases) ;-)