The Community is the Key

Sun: Coders key to Solaris' rise: "Williams is impressed by the community that's already grown up around OpenSolaris. "It's the most productive community I've ever been a part of," he said, with a posted query drawing 4 to 5 informed responses within an hour from both third parties and Sun engineers. Sun's approach to open source is "very mature and adult," Williams added, largely because Sun engineers are used to fielding customers' questions and know it's important to respond rapidly." -- Jason Williams, CTO and COO of DigiTar.

It's great reading comments recognizing the OpenSolaris community. Not the technology. Not the company. But the people who make up this nascent community around the world and who have been working to build the community all along. Community building takes time. It takes time to reach critical mass. It takes time whether it happens organically or via organizational resources from companies and/or foundations. And we've been at it for a while with OpenSolaris. Four years, in fact. That's how far back the planning started. Very few people realize that and very few know the full history. But I'm excited to see the community start to move to the center of the conversation around OpenSolaris. That's really what we had planned all along.

Another interesting bit from this article is way at the end. Solaris Marketing VP, Marc Hamilton, hinted at discussions with OEMs to further expand the market for OpenSolaris technology. That, too, will help the community grow significantly -- especially when you are talking about mega deals with Intel and IBM. That's an entirely new area for OpenSolaris, and it's very cool to see coming to fruition.

So, we have a community growing not only in size with individuals contributing code and companies contributing code but also with users running the code. Growth is now occurring in all areas, and that will only increase as work progresses on the university programs, the conference programs, and the core engineering projects around SCM, DTS, install, packaging, Indiana, and many others.
Comments:

Jim, the links are hard to recognise due to the font color is similar with normal text. Iwan from Singapore.

Posted by iwan on September 20, 2007 at 07:51 AM JST #

Iwan ... I know. I have to change that ... thanks.

Posted by Jim Grisnazio on September 23, 2007 at 02:15 PM JST #

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