Saturday May 24, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.05 Tokyo Launch

Here are some images from the OpenSolaris 2008.05 launch last night in Tokyo. It was great to see some guys from the Linux and BSD communities stop by, and many thanks to Simon Phipps for coming all the way from London to open the evening of presentations.

Wednesday May 21, 2008

Beijing: Linux, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice

Some images here from Robert Sohigian and Fiona Duan at the special joint meeting of the OpenSolaris community and the Linux community to hear the latest from the OpenOffice community. Expect to see this more and more activities like this as the communities get together to share ideas and collaborate.

Update: See Robert's blog on this.

Simon Phipps Coming to Tokyo

Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Open Source Officer, is coming to Tokyo to participate as a special guest at the Japan launch of OpenSolaris 2008.05 on Friday. Simon contributes to all of Sun's open source projects around the world, so it will be good to hear that global perspective as we build community in Japan with OpenSolaris 2008.05.

Thursday May 15, 2008

Free Beer, CDs, and OpenSolaris 2008.05 in Tokyo

Takanobu Masuzuki, developer marketing manager at Sun Japan, announced next week's launch details -- [osol-announce] Japan Launch event for OpenSolaris 2008.05. Space filling up fast. 

Tuesday May 13, 2008

Community Collaboration in Beijing

Check this out --  Beijing OpenSolaris User Group 16th Meeting (May 20th, 2008). The Beijing OpenSolaris User Group is doing a joint meeting with the Beijing Linux User Group to hear a preso from Louis Suarez-Potts on OpenOffice. Cool. Nice to see the communities collaborating more and more like this.

OpenSolaris 2008.05 to Launch in Japan

The OpenSolaris community in Japan will hold a launch event for OpenSolaris 2008.05 here in Tokyo on Friday May 23rd -- OpenSolaris 2008.05 リリース記念セミナー. The event will be led by Sun's Globalization engineers, Ohsone-san and Hasegawa-san, as well as Ohta-san and Sato-san from OpenNSUG/OSUG.

Sumitomo Electric in Japan Adopts OpenOffice

Sumitomo Electric in Japan is switching 15,000 desktops to OpenOffice --  住友電工が OpenOffice.orgを採用. Cool. I wonder who loses out on that deal? More importantly, I'm hearing about more of these corporate deployments here in Japan, so the OpenOffice community must be strong and growing here.

Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

OpenSolaris on C1 GNU/Linux Panel

Well, it seems it's more than just a panel, eh? Barton has all the details -- GNU/Linux Distro Smack Down! Only at CommunityOne. Should be a lot of fun.

Update: Here are the guys from the panel last week:

OpenSolaris at CommunityOne

Karsten Wade, Fedora; Barton George, Sun (moderator); Glynn Foster, OpenSolaris; Jono Bacon, Ubuntu; Zonker Brockmeier, OpenSUSE.

Friday Apr 25, 2008

OpenSolaris Review

Here's a five page review of OpenSolaris -- OpenSolaris 2008.05 Gives A New Face To Solaris. We're making progress. Slowly but surely. Actually, pretty darn quick. :)

OpenSolaris 2008.05 RC2 Test Image

Stephen posted a link to the test image for the new OpenSolaris distribution -- release candidate 2.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

The Japanese Love Twitter

Tokyo is the #1 city in the world for Twitter right now. I'm not surprised about that at all since there is just as much Japanese in blogs as there is English, which is amazing when you consider there are a lot more people in the world taking English. Also, Twitter Japan just went live today as well.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

Globally Distributed

Fitting MySQL into Sun's Orbit: "We have a distributed organization, with about 70 percent of our people working from home in 30 countries around the world. We are a growth business and the mandate we have from Sun is to continue to grow even faster than before. So we'll continue to hire the best people, wherever they are. We have programmers in China, India, Scandinavia, the Ukraine. The interesting thing is we have one programmer in California and he's in Los Angeles. (Laughs.) Offices are so last century." -- Marten Mickos, quoted in the San Jose Mercury News

Sunday Apr 20, 2008

Benkler on Open Source

Nice TED talk from Yochai Benkler on Open Source economics and the disruptive nature of community development. To me, this is all about empowered individuals acting in their own interests (financial, altruistic, whatever), so that the collective also benefits. Also see Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm and The Wealth of Networks.

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

Community at Sun Business .Next 2008

Tomorrow I'll be at Sun's Business.Next 2008 Conference in Tokyo. I'll bring my camera, too. John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems, will be doing the main conference keynote, and there will be tracks on Solutions, Technology, and Community.

The Community track will include Takanobu Masuzuki on Sun's Open Source development and business strategy, and Akira Ohsone with a technical presentation of the new OpenSolaris binary distribution ("Project Indiana"). Also, Reiko Saito will talk about community translation and localization issues, and Hisayoshi Kato and Kenji Funasaki will offer the latest technical advances in OpenSolaris. Additionally, there will be sessions on MySQL and Java and a panel on how companies in Japan are using Open Source software. There will be a booth area for demos and conversation about all of Sun's technology as well. If I don't screw up, I'll post some images over the weekend. I hope I don't get lost.

Friday Apr 11, 2008

Linux Growing, OpenSolaris a Challenge

Linux showing signs of solid growth: "IDC study shows workloads running on Linux servers are shifting to become more business oriented, including databases and line-of-business apps" ... [but] ... "The white paper points out that Linux could face challenges from OpenSolaris if that alternative open source operating system begins to find favor on x86 platforms. In addition, the market dominating position of Windows also presents a challenge to long-term Linux success, especially as Microsoft competes to win Unix migrations." -- InfoWorld

Should be an interesting year, eh? Windows. Linux. OpenSolaris. Competition is good, no question about it (to a point, and if it's fair). We're the new guys on this block, though, since technically we haven't even launched yet (depending on what you think OpenSolaris is, and that is a tad confusing at the moment so I don't know exactly how the analysts are measuring us). It's nice to be considered in the conversation, though. But one thing I've noticed about these competitive market issues -- when the vendors go at it, the developers don't get all worked up about it. For the most part, anyway. Why is that? Guess they are heads down working ... 

Going to Prague

I'm going to the annual OpenSolaris Developer Conference (tag: OSDevCon) in late June. Last year everyone met in Berlin, but this year we'll be in Prague with the German Unix User Group and the Czech OpenSolaris User Group. I've never been to Prague, so this will be a very cool trip. The location and timing is perfect, too, since I'm getting more involved in Sun's g11n operations and we have a team in Prague. And also I didn't want to miss this conference specifically because it was the very first conference that grew out of the OpenSolaris community without Sun creating it or driving it. It just happened, basically. The guys showed up on the list and did their thing. It had a special feel last year for that reason, so hopefully it will grow this year and well into the future.

Stop by if you are in the neighborhood ...

Thursday Apr 10, 2008

MySQL Meeting at Sun Japan

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting MySQL's Kaj Arno, vice president of community relations, and Yoko Suga, senior product marketing manager. Great conversation about how MySQL can add to Sun's community building and business efforts. The MySQL guys are experts at building user communities, so I'm very interested in learning from them and adding that knowledge to OpenSolaris.

MySQL Meeting at Sun

 Takashi Shitamichi, Yoko Suga, Natsuki Wakabayashi, Jim Grisanzio,
Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kawai, Kaj Arno, Toshiro Umetsu, Takanobu Masuzuki

One very interesting point that Kaj made was that community building is not necessarily a marketing function or an engineering function. It's different. It serves both organizations at the company, surely, but it's a separate discipline. Fascinating. I had been thinking all along that the best home for community building is engineering (which is where I live). Marketing participates fully, of course, but the core comes from engineering since the core involves code and direct engineer to engineer interactions across a firewall. Others feel that community building is basically a marketing function since it involves events and communications and large numbers of people and such. Now, Kaj's view may stem from the fact that MySQL is primarily a user community, but still, many people I know would probably see that as more of a marketing function of engagement as well. But not in the MySQL case. Regardless. It's an interesting issue to explore, and I learned a great deal from the conversation. Thanks, Kaj. At Sun, community building functions are spread out all over the place. :)

Tuesday Mar 25, 2008

Don't Feed the Trolls

"I think trolling in the broader sense has four causes. The most important is distance. People will say things in anonymous forums that they'd never dare say to someone's face." -- Paul Graham, Trolls, 2/08

The other three causes are good, too, but the first is key for me. Get together from time to time. A hand shake or bow and a beer can make all the difference in the world.

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Closed or Open?

Here's an interesting article about Apple's strategy -- How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong. The "everything wrong" bit refers to the trend toward transparency in high tech, whereas Apple is anything but transparent. Yet the company is extremely successful. Imagine that. There has been some good commentary in blogs about the piece, and there are a lot of comments on the article itself. To me the issue is not that complex. Sometimes closed works, sometimes open works. Different companies, different communities, different products, different development strategies, different business models. Not a big deal. Good article, though.

CommunityOne Sessions

I see the session list for CommunityOne is filling out quite nicely. Lots of stuff on, well, communities. I'll be there. Hope to see you there, too. It's free. Stop by.

Saturday Feb 23, 2008

Open Communications

Chattin' with OpenSUSE's Zonker. Barton George talks with OpenSUSE's new Community Manager, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier. I like some of the things Joe says about community development -- the importance of communications so you can get the word out, competition vs cooperation so you understand how to balance interests and expand the community for all, and getting the necessary tools in place so your community can grow. And OpenSolaris gets a nice plug for how we launched the project three years ago (the engineering blog launch, I mean). Nice talk.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

OOo Voting

I see the community is voting about where to hold their next conference -- Conference (OOoCon 2008). Very interesting that the potential venues are in Europe and China. This is very good news for China. And I vote for China, of course. Well, ok, I'm not an OpenOffice community member, so I can't vote but perhaps since I live in the neighborhood I can hop over to Beijing to see these guys. It's only a two and a half hour flight, and it would be great to see how the OpenOffice community operates.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2008

Open Source at Ten

State of Open Source Message: A New Decade For Open Source: "In building our Open Source campaign, we were standing on the shoulders of a giant. Starting in the early 1980's, Richard Stallman blazed the trail with his philosophy of Free Software  and the creation of the GNU System,  which, most notably when it was combined with the Linux kernel, changed the way software works forever." -- Bruce Perens, commenting on the first decade of Open Source.

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Building Community Across Cultures

Here's an attempt to help bridge natural language and cultural barriers here in Japan -- [tlug] Cross-cultural Engineer Party in Tokyo, Feb 15. I'm going for sure. I deal with this every day. It's not just a problem here in Japan, though. It's a challenge whenever you run any global project that cuts across any language and any culture.

Friday Feb 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux Users Group Nomikai 2/08

Every time I hang out with the TLUG guys I meet new community people from all over the world. Very cool time tonight. As always.

TLUG 2/08

Monday Jan 28, 2008

The Disruptive Nature of Open Source

Gartner on Sun's Acquisition of MySQL: "Sun has long recognized the disruptive nature of open source and is now leveraging that power as part of their overall strategy. Obviously, that's not new news. Sun has been doing this for several years with OpenSolaris, GlassFish, NetBeans, open sourcing Java, etc." -- Zack Urlocker

Saturday Jan 26, 2008


Meet the world's premier open source vendor - Sun: "My, did things just get interesting." -- Ashlee Vance, The Register

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

More FOSS with MySQL

Excellent news here -- Sun to Acquire MySQL. See Jonathan Schwartz in Helping Dolphins Fly and Simon Phipps in Swimming With Dolphins for all the details. Very cool stuff.

Thursday Jan 10, 2008


Just watched the Google video to this poisonous people presentation. Very good suggestions. Some may be hard to implement, but you need to have at last some standards to encourage specific behaviors within any organization of people.


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