Global Growth, Global Evolution

As we approach our second anniversary in a few weeks, the OpenSolaris Community can be proud of all we have accomplished. There has been a great deal of engineering work completed, more code and documentation has been released, new projects have opened, governance was ratified and a new board elected, a starter kit was created and shipped, and we talked up OpenSolaris at conferences around the world -- OpenSolaris Days (in 12 cities), ApacheCon, OSCON, EuroOSCON, Japan Open Source Conference, Germany OpenSolaris Conference, FOSDEM, Colorado Tech/Ed Conference, China Software Summit, LinuxWorld, JavaOne, and probably a few more. See the roadmap and newsletter for some of this history. I'll have to come up with a handy accomplishments list again this year and circulate it on the list like last year. (Note to self).

As a result of all this growth, though, the OpenSolaris Community is clearly changing. We are evolving. There are new opportunities for everyone, and there are new people at Sun getting involved. We are global in scope now, and we'll be reaching out to many more developers as a result -- kernel, application, driver, corporate, etc -- as well as general users and especially those interested in starting new user groups. As we continue conversations with all these levels in the community, we are trying to understand the needs everyone will have. Most of the first two years has been about releasing source and projects and building infrastructure and governance, and most of the community growth has been organic. But toward the end of our second year, we started pushing harder in a number of important ways and I think we'll be pushing even harder in FY08 (which starts in July). It will be fascinating -- and challenging -- to grow faster and with more diversity while simultaneously completing the infrastructure necessary for open development and increased participation.

There is a thread in the marketing community about the upcoming anniversary. If you are interested in getting involved, chime in here. You can subscribe to their list here.
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