Solaris Hot Zone: OSCON

I spent much of this week at O'Reilly's OSCON in Portland with some Solaris kernel engineers and managers. We went to OSCON to talk about the bits in Solaris 10, the impending open source Solaris, and -- most importantly -- to listen and learn.

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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Comments:

[Trackback] Adam Leventhal has just got back from OSCon and has made some interesting blog entries in the last few days. Linux, Solaris and Open Source is definitely worth a read. He discusses a conversation he had with Greg Kroah-Hartman about Linux kerne...

Posted by Alan Hargreaves' Weblog on August 02, 2004 at 12:29 PM JST #

Just posted the permalink for this to Slashdot. This deserves a heck of a lot more exposure.

Posted by justin on August 03, 2004 at 09:10 PM JST #

slashdot rejected my post proposal - must be a glut of Sun stories recently. still, the above blog post is very exciting. Good to see it , and here's hoping that lots more like this starts to happen in future.

Posted by justin on August 03, 2004 at 10:12 PM JST #

Thanks for the effort, Justin. And thanks for the comments, too. Greatly appreciated. Much more coming soon. Stay tuned. -- Jim

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on August 03, 2004 at 10:28 PM JST #

Another said, "It's things like DTrace that give me hope for Sun." Kind of makes you wonder what they thought of Sun's future prior to dtrace.

Posted by curiousaboutsun on October 21, 2004 at 02:57 PM JST #

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