Thursday Mar 29, 2007

Up and running Nevada Build 60

Looks like I'll be running Solaris again as my primary desktop (Yeeee-hawwwww!). More as to why on a future post.

It's been a while since I've done a complete re-install. IIRC, I have live-upgraded from Build 27 to Build 41. I pretty much hosed my install (covered a bit here). Sssooo, I backed up my data and installed Nevada Build 60 from scratch. It seems as if every time I do this, I forget where to download my favorite apps. Through Google, I found that  Stacy has a good newbie-to-Solaris-x86 page that gave me some quick-links.

The next step was to download the pre-bundled mplayer through Blastwave so I can listen to talk radio while I configured the rest of the system :)

Other downloads included the accelerated Qemu  for running Ubuntu, and CentOS via BrandZ. Why both? Because I can :) Actually, I want to run Glassfish under Linux (under Solaris :-) ).

Lots has happened since Build 41. Firefox instead of Mozilla. Thunderbird. StarOffice 8. Flash Player 7 (Flash Player 9 is on its way). Gaim.  To be more accurate, I installed Solaris Express, Developer Edition as a part of build 60, That includes NetBeans 5.5, Sun Studio 11, SAMP, Glassfish, and a boatload of other tools including MySQL.

I'll let you know how things go with build 60. Trying to get up enough courage to install early builds of NWAM. To be honest, I do miss one Windows and Apple feature. Suspend and resume. Yeah, yeah, we know :)

Monday Mar 19, 2007

Attracting Open Source talent

I'm not the first to bring this up (not even close), but Ian Murdock has joined Sun. He's not the first participant to do so. Semi-newbie employees include JRuby studs Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo.  I've got this gut feel there's more to come. Nope, no insider info. Just an ever-expanding gut, so when I get a gut feeling, I notice it.

So what is the "source" of this gut feeling? There is simply no other company doing sssooo much with Open Source today. Part of our strategy is to Open Source our IP and build new communities. Another is to strengthen ties with existing open source communities. Hiring from the outside is a good way of strengthening those ties. It lends us some "kick-start" credibility in those communities, although "more complete and consistent" credibility still needs to be earned. External hiring adds to Sun a better understanding of  the culture of those communities and even impacts the Sun culture over time.

Personally, I think there is a lot Sun can offer to active Open Source participants looking for a change. In case you were wondering, you can can look for a role at Sun that may be of interest to you. I don't know if we had an opening for a "Chief Operating Platforms Officer", but when you've got access to talent that fits a need and that talent can make a difference, 'ya simply go for it :)

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