China Universities in November

OpenSolaris at University of Science & Technology of China I'll be in China next week for OpenSolaris activities in Hefei and Fuzhou -- user group meetings, gatherings with students and professors, and the ACM/ICPC coding contest at the University of Science & Technology. I have to remember to bring a jacket. The contest will be a bit on the formal side. Other than that, it should be pretty casual. I'm thrilled to be going back to see Chinese university students. Should be very cool. It's becoming my favorite activity on OpenSolaris. I'm also looking forward to seeing Shaoting, Chengzu Zhou, Edgar Liu, and Fang Li. These guys -- and many others -- are doing a great job building community in China. 

Also in China: there will be new OpenSolaris User Groups soon. Shaoting recently sent a proposal to advocacy-discuss to connect two existing OSUGs in China to the main community on opensolaris.org. Today I set up those projects and updated the OSUG leaders grid. We are now at 78. Get infrastructure for your OSUG here.

Comments:

Hi Jim,

Thanks a whole lot for the report, things are really getting very exciting!

There is a very famous saying from Sun-Tze: Know yourself and know your opponents, then you will win every battle (知己知彼,百战百胜).

Universities in China (in a greater sense to include Hong Kong and Taiwan) seem to have more technical seminars than in the US. To maximize the "investment", I often tried to find out what activities were held in recent months.

Also, I am sure everyone is aware of this: typically, most students in China don't know much (or never heard) about Solaris (& you won't want to preach gospel to the choir anyway), but everyone is very interested in Java (which is synonymous with the word "job").

We can always make a connection that Java is a very efficient ("the best" & the most secure) multi-threaded language. As such, it runs best on SPARC machines. OpenSolaris allows students to hone their Java server skills on a home-made, or of-the-shelf, x86 machine (be it a desktop or notebook). But, by becoming an OpenSolaris "expert", there is always a chance to "upgrade" to SPARCs. :-)

Of course, above is nothing new. Just want to make a point that China is a very competitive market, and it is important to make sure that we drive home a simple message that will stick. I am sure this seminar will be very fruitful!

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on November 07, 2008 at 07:40 PM JST #

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