Solaris Hot Zone: OSCON
By Jimgris-Oracle on Jul 31, 2004
The Solaris BOF Thursday nite was great fun. Andy, Bart, Adam, and Eric were peppered with open source Solaris questions for a half hour straight. One after another. Question ... follow up. Question ... follow up. All hard hitting and all reasonable. The guys answered with credibility and honesty. It was amazing to see their rhetorical skill flow directly from their absolute passion for Solaris. They are hilarious, too. Who knew? Well, that's the point ... not enough people know. You are going to be seeing and hearing from these guys a lot more often in the coming months -- live at conferences, on the open source Solaris community site (when it's built and launched), and in their blogs. They may show up in a place or two where you don't expect, too. You never know. And this is just a few of 'em ... there are dozens more. Hundreds, actually.
After the 30 minute barrage of non-stop open source questioning that would have unnerved most executives, the audience turned to deep dives on the technology ... DTrace, Zones, and all that. Andy, Bart, Adam, and Eric did some demos and then, well, they all just talked. For hours!
One developer told me afterwards, "I can't wait to get my hands on these new toys." He was licking his chops. Actually licking, I mean. Sound effects and all. He seemed semi-retired from his sys admin duties but may make a come back. He was seriously thinking about what he had just heard. Another guy asked, "Ok, I'm sold ... when can I get it?" Another said, "It's things like DTrace that give me hope for Sun." And several simply said, "Wow!" And, "Thanks."
The overall comment from many developers was, "This was great. You should have done this years ago."
I agree. We're hearing that a lot lately. We get it. We're talking now and fully engaging with the community.
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