Saturday Apr 25, 2009

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group 042509

I stopped by the Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group meeting Saturday afternoon. Nice day.

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Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group Meeting 4/25

The Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group will meet this Saturday to talk about the OpenSolaris distribution constructor and how to build ON. Stop by. Study. This group, by the way, is a spin-off from the Japan OpenSolaris User Group. Discussions take place on ug-jposug.

OSUG Leaders Gathering at C1 in SF

Interesting mail the other day from Teresa Giacomini. Sun has some travel sponsorships to bring together some of the OpenSolaris User Group leaders at CommunityOne in San Francisco. Check it out. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 24th.

Friday Apr 10, 2009

OpenSolaris Newsletter Updated: March 2009

I updated the OpenSolaris Community Newsletter page with the March 2009 issue. Contributions always welcome. Just ping me at jimgris at sun dot com or post to advocacy-discuss.

Thursday Apr 09, 2009

Cluster and CommunityOne in SF

The first Open High Availability Cluster Summit will be held on May 31st in San Francisco -- right before and right next door to CommunityOne West, which is booked for June 1-3 at the Moscone Center. How convenient is that? Go to both. 

Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

OpenSolaris Community Newsletter: February 2009

Here`s the February 2009 issue of the OpenSolaris Community Newsletter. Contributions welcome.

Saturday Mar 07, 2009

OpenSolaris, ZFS, and that Orange T-Shirt

Check out David Stewart talking about Intel, OpenSolaris, and ZFS. And check out that orange t-shirt he has on as well. So, cool. That`s the shirt from the Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group we started a few months ago. Shirts get around, you know, and this one made it all the way to the Pacific Northwest. It`s actually a very nice shirt, and if you wear it outside you are guaranteed to get attention. You`d probably stop traffic, too. It`s a tad on the bright side. Which is probably why Dave had to put a black shirt over the top. Makes a nice combination if you are doing serious technical demonstrations on YouTube about OpenSolaris, Intel, and ZFS.

Update: I found another Tokyo OSUG t-shirt video in the Intel Dave OpenSolaris series -- OpenSolaris & Intel: PowerTOP.  How could I have missed that one?

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group

The Japan OpenSolaris User Group has grown significantly in recent months, and what`s happening now is very cool -- it`s spinning out new groups! One group is the Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group, which is an attempt to build an international community to extend the Japanese community globally. And the other group is the Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group, which is an attempt by the Japanese community to dig down deeply into the technical details of OpenSolaris technology. Earlier tonight the core members of the study croup met to discuss some projects and also to plan their next meeting for Saturday March 28th.

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About 100 people turned out for the Japan OpenSolaris User Group Night Seminar earlier this evening. That`s a normal turn out for this community, of course, but it`s especially excellent given the pouring rain we`ve had here in Tokyo all day.

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Thursday Mar 05, 2009

Upcoming Events: Linux, OpenSolaris, Tokyo2Point0

There are three upcoming events in Tokyo for OpenSolaris, Linux, and Tokyo2Point0:
Should be a busy time. Stop by if you are around.

Monday Mar 02, 2009

New Kernel Conference Going to Australia

Check this out from James C. McPherson -- Kernel Conference Australia - it's coming! Very cool.

Last year I swapped some mail with James as he was talking about organizing a technical conference in Australia because he was frustrated that what he had in mind didn't exist in his area. So, he just want out and organized an event. Gotta love that. Action. Nice to see the conference will be open to multiple operating system communities, and nice to see that some top speakers are already booked from OpenSolaris. This mixing of communities is most gratifying. We should continue moving in that direction.

Congratulations, James. Your leadership is a clear inspiration and an example for us all to follow. Update: see new conference wiki here.

Saturday Feb 14, 2009

Jaris at OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar

I stopped by the OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar last nite in Jingumae. The guys from the Japan OpenSolaris User Group (JPOSUG: portal, forum) were talking about Jaris and other OpenSolaris technologies. About a 100 or so people were there.  Kotaro-san, the Jaris technical leader, was there in the early evening, but I missed him because I was busy in the other room on a call with some guys in the U.K. Damn. Oh, well. Next time. Jaris made its way in front of 300 people in the last two days, and I`m hearing that developers in Tokyo, and even around the world, are taking notice. Cool. This could get interesting.

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Thursday Feb 12, 2009

Jaris & OpenSolaris at the Tokyo Developers Summit

It was great to see Hisayoshi Kato, Taki Yasushi, and Masafumi Ohta present OpenSolaris to more than 200 people at the Tokyo Developers Summit this afternoon. See the video (Japanese language only) starting around the 18:00 mark here. And out in the booth the Japan OpenSolaris User Group was showing the new distribution based on the OpenSolaris operating system -- Jaris.

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Friday Feb 06, 2009

Welcome Project Jaris to the OpenSolaris Community

"We hope we can contribute to growth of OpenSolaris in Japan and to the continued evolution of OpenSolaris around the world." -- Kotaro-san, Leader, Project Jaris

And with that, Kotaro-san announced (in English and Japanese) Project Jaris to the OpenSolaris community. Welcome, guys! It's excellent to have a new distribution based on OpenSolaris technology right here in Japan. This project will absolutely help us build a developer and user community in Japan, there's no question about that. It's also very interesting that the Jaris guys are reaching out to Windows users with this distro. If we are to build a large user community here, those are the people we have to talk to. Very smart.

Tuesday Feb 03, 2009

January 2009 OpenSolaris Community Newsletter

I sent out the January 2009 issue of the OpenSolaris Community Newsletter today. We've been writing this document for a few years now, and we've tried various engagement mechanisms. But along with the renewed effort to evolve the opensolaris.org portal platform, we'll also be trying to document more in the newsletter. The newsletter is basically a view of things from the OpenSolaris Developer Collaboration Team wrapped in a package of as much news as we can find. It's not intended to be complete, so if you want to contribute let me know. All are welcome.

Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

Requesting New OpenSolaris Projects

I've been setting up OpenSolaris User Group projects and mailing lists on the site forever (100+ now). Starting this week I'm also setting up development projects and communities. The process is 100% manual, but it's not too bad at this point. As long as you don't have to mess around with Jive, setting up project spaces and lists can go pretty quickly. And that brings up another point. I am no longer setting up Jive gateways to Mailman lists. Jive doesn't scale well to the number of lists we have, and the gateways break too frequently. Plus, the forums attract too much spam. So, we are going to replace Jive entirely as part of the new webapp we are building. In the meantime, we can't keep creating new forums that need fixing since that takes critical infrastructure resources away from doing much more important work on the site. In fact, I'm actually deleting forums on a limited basis where I can. Also, we are coming to a critical time over the next couple months migrating to the new site, and when that process is under way we'll start the requirements gathering conversation for replacing Jive. Our Mailman lists, on the other hand, work just fine for their capabilities. I'm looking forward to finding a new web forum solution that suites the community's needs. Stay tuned for that.

Also, here's a reminder when requesting OpenSolaris projects. When you request new projects on the project-set list, please give the name of the project, the name of your list, and the user names of the leaders who got the project/list approved. I need all three bits of info, so it that's not in the thread you forward to project-setup, please add it. This will expedite the creation of projects. And please be mindful of trademark issues. Use generic, descriptive words to title your project. For background on this, go to the projects portal, the project set up page, and the project lead reference page.

Finally, as you know we will be moving to a new project creation process after the new OpenSolaris Constitution is approved in the upcoming March 2009 elections. Until then, we are using the current system. Here is more information on the proposed group creation process.

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

The Distros

The LXF Guide: OpenSolaris distros: "It's fantastic to see development flourishing in the wider OS world beyond Linux, and there has never been a better time to broaden your Unix skills and try something new." -- LINUX FORMAT

To get the OpenSolaris distributions, go to the downloads page on opensolaris.org. Oh, and don`t forget that one more is coming: Jaris.

Monday Jan 19, 2009

OpenSolaris on the EeePC: Japanese Article

There is a Japanese article in the February issue of Software Design about OpenSolaris on the EeePC. It's from Masafumi Ohta. Check it out.

Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

OSUG Kits Shipping

The OpenSolaris User Group Starter Kits are now shipping. See Teresa's announcement. Let us know when you get your boxes. Take some pics, too. I want to see what the heck we are shipping around the world. :)

Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Japan Developers Summit 2009

The Japanese OpenSolaris Community will be participating at this Developers Summit in Tokyo next month. Many other communities as well. I'll be there for a bit. Sun is one of the sponsors as well. Stop by.

#opensolaris-jp

There is a new OpenSolaris channel on IRC for discussions in Japanese and English -- #opensolaris-jp. I updated the OpenSolaris chat page.

Friday Jan 09, 2009

Tokyo OpenSolaris Night Seminar: 010909

I stopped by the OpenSolaris Night Seminar in Tokyo tonight. Eighty five people turned out in the pouring rain for sessions on security, history, and some of the new features in OpenSolaris 2008.11. This is the first event of the new year, so watch for many more OpenSolaris gigs throughout the year.

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OpenSolaris Test Farm: Easier Access

Jim Walker continues to expand and open up the OpenSolaris Test Farm Service. Note the invite in Jim's mail directly to the OpenSolaris User Groups. Seems like a pretty valuable service for OSUGs to take advantage of. Also, Jim worked to make accessing the test farm much easier. You don't need to sign the SCA. Excellent news. Test away ... 

Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

JPOSUG and TLUG Meetings This Week

The Japan OpenSolaris User Group will meet at Sun`s Jingumae office in Tokyo on Friday night to talk about security issues and the history of Solaris and OpenSolaris. More info here. Also the Tokyo Linux User Group will meet on Saturday at Sun`s Yoga office in Tokyo to talk about Amazon Web Services and how to deploy new Amazon Machine Instances to EC2. There will be a Linux hack session as well. More info here.

Sunday Dec 28, 2008

100 OpenSolaris User Groups

I was going to blog that we were ending the year with 100 OpenSolaris User Groups. I thought that would be an accomplishment. But it's actually 101. Even better. Full list here.

Friday Dec 26, 2008

OpenSolaris Community Newsletter: Nov/Dec 2008

Linda Bernal published the November/December 2008 issue of the OpenSolaris Community Newsletter the other day. We've been putting out this little newsletter for years now. We don't expect to capture all that's going on in the community (not even close, actually), but it's just an attempt by a few of us to try and track the stuff we can easily see or are directly working on for Bonnie Corwin's Developer Collaboration Team, which is the engineering team that started the OpenSolaris project way back when (a tiny portion of the history is here). Anyway, over time the newsletter has become a nice little repository of information. If you are interested in contributing, just shoot mail to advocacy-discuss, or opensolaris-discuss, or program-discuss. Put "newsletter" in the subject line, and one of us will pick it up.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

OpenSolaris on Atom

Seems there's some news about OpenSolaris support for Atom. Links:
Also, for information about OpenSolaris running on the EeePC, check out Masafumi Ohta's blog in Japan and also eeepc-discuss on opensolaris.org.

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Michitoshi Sato on ZFS

If you are in Japan, if you can read Japanese, and if you know the technical details about ZFS (how`s that for a set of qualifiers?), pick up a copy of the January 2009 issue of Unix Magazine. There is a comprehensive article in there on ZFS from Michitoshi Sato: 特別企画 次世代ファイルシステムの内部に迫る 詳説ZFS. I see Sato-san all the time. He`s been been contributing to the community in Japan for years, and he now participates in the Japan OpenSolaris User Group.

More on OpenSolaris in Japan here at the Japan portal. Oh, and by the way, that Japan portal generates the most traffic to the site among all of the language portals. Very interesting. And the Japanese were supposed to be quiet?


Thursday Dec 18, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Launch Tokyo

The OpenSolaris community in Japan came together in Tokyo tonight to celebrate the launch of OpenSolaris 2008.11. Shoji Haraguchi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Akira Ohsone, and Hisayoshi Kato all presented talks about the community and the new technology in 2008.11. The room was packed with 85 people, so it was a very cool night. Actually, it was pretty hot in there.

You know, I've been watching Sun Japan's OpenSolaris community development programs grow consistently over the past two years. The operations span globalization, marketing, sales/service, and engineering. There is a Japanese OpenSolaris User Group (Japanese language), a Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group (English language), an OpenSolaris Night Seminar Program, an OpenSolaris Source Code Study Group, customer/partner interactions, installfests, university engagements with 10 Campus Ambassadors, and other events that such as Tech Days, Developer Lounges, etc.

And the OpenSolaris community is growing right along with Sun Japan's increased participation. The community is also starting to mix with the international Linux, BSD, and Tokyo2Point0 communities, which is very cool because local community development can now extend globally. And real contributions are coming in too: translations of content, generation of original content, source code (some of which has been integrated), presentations, technical articles, packages, and mirrors. In fact, the community is advancing to the point where significant stuff is just showing up seemingly out of nowhere -- such as the new Japanese OpenSolaris book and the new Japanese distribution of OpenSolaris. That last point is important. When we started OpenSolaris, we tried to learn from the open source community and build a global program that would encourage others to contribute without Sun having to drive everything.

So, congratulations to the Sun team driving this launch of OpenSolaris 2008.11.

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One more point: the Japanese may not say much in English about their participation in the community, and there are some well known cultural reasons for this. There is actually a great deal of community content to be found in Japanese language blogs, but even then it's not characterized as westerners are used to. It's different and usually indirect. And yes, this drives me mad. But if you want to really know about about this you have to dig. Deeply. You have to take the time. And if you do, you generally find significant activity generating some very interesting contributions. I'm just scratching the surface here, I realize, but there is more here than meets the eye.

The OSUG Map Grows

The Google map of OpenSolaris User Groups is looking quite nice these days. There are 98 OpenSolaris User Groups now. Many are new and just getting started, but as you can see there is plenty of room in the map for hundreds more. Perhaps thousands.
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