Transparent OpenSolaris P-Team

Yesterday we made the OpenSolaris Program Team's activities transparent on a new list: program-team at opensolaris dot org. So, for those interested in the somewhat boring business of opening various parts of Solaris, feel free to follow our conversations by signing up on the OpenSolaris discussions page. We figured, why have a closed program team generating closed conversations about an open project, right?

The OpenSolaris Program Team (p-team) consists of engineers and managers across Sun who are opening Solaris. We are primarily an internally-facing team because we are opening stuff that's still currently closed. But the vast majority of things we touch is not classified, so why not blow some transparency in there and see what happens. Currently, we are talking about new consolidations coming to OpenSolaris, policy and content issues regarding the web site, road map plans, etc. There's not much for external community members to actually do with most of that, but many times we have discussions about important program issues that should absolutely be taking place in the open with direct community involvement. And I bet the quality and speed of our work increases as a result.

As part of the opening of p-team, we simultaneously closed two internal lists that were created back before the pilot program. There were hundreds of Sun people on those lists, but we deleted the lists and pointed the people to OpenSolaris. Even though those two internal lists weren't that active, the lists themselves were no longer necessary on an open project. Also, the post-launch conversations that did take place on those lists only served to keep conversations internal. My feeling on this is simple -- if it's not company confidential, then open it or kill it. If non-confidential conversation can't stand the light of day or benefit from open community involvement than it has relatively little value in the first place. To me, anyway. So, after some discussion, we opened one list and closed two. Much more to go, but we're getting there.
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