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 ...

Comments:

Hi Jim,

I would like to be there for something like this..
See what we could do with AuroraUX <-> OpenSolaris and such.
Would be great getting help with my MIPS port in real time :D !!!!

Nice idea, /me gives it another kick around..

Cheers,
Edward.
FaceBook me if you have any updates, i'll need to plan it on my way back to Australia you see..

Posted by Edward O'Callaghan on June 13, 2009 at 04:51 AM JST #

I think it's a great idea, but as the only Linux speaker scheduled for KCA, I'd strongly suggest you try very hard to ensure that OSs are evenly represented.

Posted by James Morris on June 15, 2009 at 02:47 AM JST #

Edward ... cool. It would be great if you could come. :)

Posted by James Grisanzio on June 15, 2009 at 03:24 AM JST #

James ... I'd like to organize this using the BarCamp style -- whoever shows up presents. In Tokyo, there are probably more Linux and BSD guys, so I bet that would be the bias here but who knows. :) I am looking to have all the technologies mix pretty evenly (or at least reflect the reality of the local talent pool in Tokyo).

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on June 15, 2009 at 03:33 AM JST #

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