Saturday Nov 14, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting and nomikai tonight.

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Tokyo Linux User Group 111409 Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Tokyo Linux User Group 111409 Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Tokyo Linux User Group 111409 Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Tokyo Linux User Group 111409 Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Many more TLUG photos here.

Saturday Jul 25, 2009

Community Leadership Summit: Photos

Here are some images from the Community Leadership Summit (CLS 2009 Retrospecitve by Jono Bacon) last weekend in San Jose. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to participate in this event. I didn't have a chance to check out OSCON, which followed CLS, but I think this un-conference style of gathering better fits my interests anyway (see this tag here for BarCamp & other community events events in Tokyo). I hope the photos came out ok ...

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Saturday Jul 11, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 071109

A bunch of images from the Tokyo Linux User Group Saturday afternoon and evening. Karamoon on Tokyo Hackerspace, Marty Pauley on security, and Michael Sullivan on ZFS.

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Saturday Jun 27, 2009

Japan Linux Symposium: Tokyo, October 2009

It's excellent to see the 9th Annual Linux Kernel Summit and the 1st Annual Japan Linux Symposium coming to Tokyo in October. Check out this language from the LF website: "The Japan Linux Symposium will be the showcase Japan and Asia Pacific conference for The Linux Foundation." Showcase. This is significant. The Japanese may not shout about it much, but developers in this country are contributing to FOSS and their contributions are growing. The potential in Japan for open source is huge. I've been saying it since I got here. So cool that the LF clearly recognizes this potential by bringing their conferences here. Also interesting: the LF website appears in two languages -- English and Japanese.



I already hang out with the Tokyo Linux User Group (here, here), so I hope to attend this event in October.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

BSD, Linux, OpenSolaris: A Conference in Tokyo

I've been thinking that it might be an interesting time to do a little kernel conference for OpenSolaris, Linux, and the BSDs right here in Tokyo. Get everyone together. See what happens. What the heck.

We could hold the event right at the Sun office on the 27th floor just like BarCamp back in May. We already hold the Tokyo Linux User Group meetings here and get about 40 people each time, we hold OpenSolaris meetings and get about 40 people (and about 100 for formal product launches), and BarCamp drew 100 people from multiple communities. That`s basically where I got the idea from -- and, of course, watching James C. McPherson put together his kernel conference in Australia. So, I wonder what would happen if we organized a day long conference specifically to bring together developers and community members from the key open source operating systems in an informal, un-conference format? I wonder what technology and community building bits we could all share together? I bet we could attract 150 top guys from Tokyo, and I bet we'd make quite an impression in the process. And I think there is more than enough talent right here to pull it off without having to call in people from the U.S. or Europe (although they'd certainly be welcome to come and participate, of course).

Just kicking this idea around ...

Monday Jun 08, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06: Tokyo Launch Scheduled

Now that OpenSolaris 2009.06 has been officially released, the Japan OpenSolaris community will get together on June 19th for their own launch at Sun's Jingumae office in Tokyo. Stop by.

Thursday May 21, 2009

Kernel Conference Australia 2009

Don't forget to stop by Brisbane in mid July ...

Saturday May 09, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 050909

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting and nomikai tonight.

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

TLUG Tech Meeting Set for May 9

The agenda is all set for the next Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting. It's Saturday May 9th. It's right here at Sun's office in Yoga on the 27th floor. Shoji and I will be there. And after the meeting we'll go out for some beers, of course. These meetings are generally very well attended with 45 or so people. There are usually two main talks and sometimes a third short talk stuffed in there as well. Then there is an auction to raise money for the group (for hosting services, etc), so people are always bringing stuff to, well, auction off. And speakers drink free after the meeting, too. Good all around. Great group of guys. Stop by. All open communities welcome. To get a feel for these meetings, check out the many TLUG photos I keep at this tag right here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tlug

Friday Apr 17, 2009

Tokyo BarCamp 2009: Date and Venue

Tokyo BarCamp 2009 will be held on May 16 at Sun Microsystems in Yoga. This is very cool. We`ll be taking over the entire 27th floor of the building for an entire day, so we`ll have some stunning views from every conference room looking out over Tokyo. If you are in Tokyo and into open communities and want to make a difference, check out the wiki and come along. Bring your computer. Open your mind. Share your ideas. Participate. And bring a camera, too. Spread the word.

Sunday Mar 15, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 031409

I spent the day yesterday with the Tokyo Linux User Group at the March technical meeting and nomikai. Great turn out of about 45 guys. I was too tired to go out for the nijikai afterwards because of all the other events this week, but I had a great time while I was there. There were two full length (and excellent) talks -- Stephen J. Turnbull on version control systems and Akira Kurogane on natural language processing -- plus the regular auction to raise money for the group and then drinks later on.

TLUG is 15 years old this year. That`s quite a history for a user group. I`m a new guy around here (about a year or so), but TLUG is a genuine community and I feel most welcome at all these events. It`s great to see OpenSolaris guys in Tokyo participating as well. Hopefully, we`ll get together for the 15th year anniversary in June. Anyway, here are some images from yesterday.

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Saturday Feb 14, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group Nijikai 021309

After the OpenSolaris session on Jaris last night I went across town for the Tokyo Linux User Group nijikai. I missed the nomikai a bit earlier, but I couldn`t resist round two for a couple of hours. Some images ...

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Wednesday Jan 21, 2009

Intuitively Obvious

Calls for open source government: "It's intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software." -- Scott McNealy, quoted in the BBC, which also reports that Scott is working up some open source docs for the new Obama Administration. That's cool. Also, conversation on Slashdot

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group: 121208 Bonenkai

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group Bonenkai earlier tonight. A bonenkai is basically a year end party in Japan. There were probably about 40 people there from well over a dozen countries. A pretty typical TLUG nomikai but just a tad bigger. Nice time.

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Saturday Nov 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group: 110808

Here are some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting earlier today ...

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Friday Oct 31, 2008

TLUG Meeting November 8th

The next technical meeting for the Tokyo Linux User Group will be on Saturday November 8th. I'll be there for sure. Come on by. All the info is here on the TLUG wiki.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Meeting David Axmark from MySQL

It was a pleasure meeting David Axmark from MySQL today. David is in town to speak at the MySQL conference this week, and he stopped by to chat with some of us involved in various open source projects. I was especially interested in talking about building new user communities and hearing his experiences and lessons learned from the early days in MySQL. I didn`t forget my little camera this time, so I got some shots. I over exposed Tokyo outside that great window, so I took one of just the window. Cool view. Nice guy.

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Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Small Improvements Leading to Big Results

The Open Secret of Success: "Instead of trying to throw long touchdown passes, as it were, Toyota moves down the field by means of short and steady gains. And so it rejects the idea that innovation is the province of an elect few; instead, it's taken to be an everyday task for which everyone is responsible." -- James Surowiecki, The New Yorker

There is so much to say about that quote. I think it's anti-intuitive for many people, which is probably why many miss it. But what I love is that it's just liberating. If this is true, and if much of Toyota's success is based on everyone being responsible for innovation, then I find that inspiring. Empowering. It means that innovation is not exclusive. It's not necessarily only locked inside the special people with big names, big titles, big brains, big megaphones, or big salaries. How utterly democratic. That's not at all how innovation is generally characterized, though. Be careful what you read.

So, will the American auto companies eventually get this? I think they will. It's cool to see Ford getting back into the quality game -- Ford gains on Toyota -- the Toyota way -- now so things may be changing. This bit about companies trying to leverage the Toyota manufacturing system is really interesting to me. It seems difficult to implement because it's such a different way of thinking, but extreme circumstances are also efficient focusing mechanisms. People get back to basics because they have no choice. That's where Toyota's system came from, actually -- a group of people who built a company during difficult times.

As soon as I read these new links (thanks for the pointers, Chris), I thought about how the Toyota production system is open source, basically, and how leading FOSS developers embrace the very same principles of incremental improvement. Just see Linus Torvalds here and here for one obvious and high profile example, but any reading of open source culture and software development methodologies will bubble up many interesting associations.

Everything tagged Toyota here.

Friday Oct 24, 2008

MySQL ユーザコンファレンス 2008: Tokyo

If you are in Tokyo 10/30 and 10/31 stop by the MySQL User Conference right near Tokyo Station. There will be about a thousand or so people there.

Friday Oct 10, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group 101008

Nice nomikai tonight with the Tokyo Linux User Group. There were guys there from 12 countries. Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, France, Iceland, Australia. And that's normal for this group. It's quite an international crowd, and to me that's part of what makes a healthy community. That's also why I like hanging out with these guys.

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Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

GNOME.Asia in China

Nice to see more open source conferences going to China. I can easily see that in the future the vast majority of my work will be done with significant connections to China. I'm especially interested in the China, Japan, Korea relationships, actually. Also great to see Sun sponsoring of the conference, and Sun engineers participating with technical sessions and community building talks.

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

Community Building Takes Time

Lessons learned from five years of Fedora: "The most valuable thing I've learned watching Fedora is this: Patience. It takes time and steady, incremental growth to build a solid community. -- Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, Community Manager for openSUSE.

I totally agree. I've been a big fan of the Linux community (communities, actually) for years now, but the more community work I do for OpenSolaris the more I look toward the Linux community for ideas and inspiration. They did this first. They are bigger. We are younger. We can learn. It's that simple. I feel the same way about other communities as well, and I regularly talk with BSD guys (where we partially came from a long time ago) and Mozilla guys and other groups as I pick and poke my way around OpenSolaris. It takes time to build anything of value.

Saturday Sep 13, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group 091308

Images from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting at Sun earlier today. And, of course, the nomikai later in the evening. As with every TLUG event, it was great to meet a bunch of new guys in Tokyo.

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All of my TLUG images on flickr.

Thursday Sep 11, 2008

MySQL Conference in Japan

If you are around in late October, stop by the MySQL user conference here in Tokyo. More info soon.

Monday Sep 08, 2008

Sun and Software Freedom Day

Sun is participating in Software Freedom Day on Saturday September 20th. See Glynn Foster's notes to the OpenSolaris User Groups, and also in the OpenSolaris Advocacy Community. Should be cool to see this all come together around the world.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

TLUG Technical Meeting Sept 13

Looking forward to the next Tokyo Linux User Group meeting on September 13th. Stop by if you are in Tokyo.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Sun Tech Days 2008-2009 Schedule

Sun published the Tech Days 2008-2009 Schedule recently. The tour will going to 13 cities, so check the dates and stop by. There will be plenty of ways to learn about and get involved with multiple technologies and communities. I'll be at the Tokyo event in December for sure.

Friday Aug 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group Nomikai 080808

Went to the Tokyo Linux User Group nomikai tonight. As always, I met a bunch of new guys. Very cool.

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All TLUG pics here.

Saturday Jun 14, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group Nomikai 6/13/08

Some images from the TLUG nomikai last night in Tokyo. All the images on Flickr.

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Mozilla Community Event in Tokyo

The Japanese Mozilla community, Mozillagumi, is having their 9th annual event this Saturday, May 31st, in Tokyo. I hope to stop by for a bit.
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