Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

Campus Ambassadors and OSUGs

An open invitation to the many Sun Campus Ambassadors around the world here and here: If you guys are focused on OpenSolaris and want to start a user group or if you already have a user group on campus and want to connect to the main OpenSolaris community on opensolaris.org, we'd be more than happy to help out on top of what your current program provides. Give us a shout. The basic OpenSolaris User Group information is here.

The OpenSolaris user group community is well over 5,000 people now, they live all around the world, their skills range greatly, and they are growing. And, of course, everyone is welcome to get involved. We can offer some website infrastructure in the form of dedicated project spaces with exclusive editing privileges, a blog aggregator, source code management, a Mailman list with administrator access, an RSS-enabled announcement section, and spaces for news, file hosting, discussions, observers, and leaders. We are upgrading opensolaris.org in a few months, so this feature set may change a bit, but the current infrastructure is going away and we are replacing it with xWiki integrated with a new authentication application. So, working with the site for basic editing functions will be massively easier. Also, we are redesigning the governance system so the OSUGs will be equal to Communities and Projects. That means that OSUGs will have significant exposure on the site. And finally, we have a limited supply of OSUG kits to send out to new user groups, so get involved now.

That's it. That's my pitch. But the real value of participating at this level is that we are specifically looking to make new connections, and we are looking to grow in new ways. And I think having more universities involved with the OpenSolaris User Groups would be a fantastic step in that direction.

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Friday Oct 31, 2008

Open Source University Meetup

OSUM portal from Sun -- ZDNet. Ok, I signed up to another open source social network. This is my billionth social network, I think, but somehow I find the time and space. This one is the Open Source University Meetup (OSUM), and it fits directly into of the most important goals for OpenSolaris -- to grow. There's more than just OpenSolaris on this network, though. You'll find MySQL, NetBeans, OpenSPARC, Java, and OpenOffice as well. See Gary Serda for everything happening on universities involving Sun.

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Beijing Jiaotong University

I went to Beijing Jiaotong University with Shao-Ting and Chengzu Zhou today. We spoke to a group of about 60 college freshmen. I really love going to universities here. It changes my perspective. And it's hard not to feel welcome when people jump out of their skin to talk to you, and when students and professors and school administrators ask you to come back. I'm continually impressed by the level of English spoken here, and how eager students are to engage in English. People have even asked me to move here! Talking to administrators afterwards, I was not at all surprised to hear that integrating with the west is a top priority for the university. You don't have to hear that, though. It's obvious. Very nice day ...

Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Sun Campus Ambassadors

I was recently invited to participate in the Sun Campus Ambassador Program. Check out their community website. I just updated my page as well and hope to communicate with students around the world who are involved with the OpenSolaris community. Cool.

Thursday May 15, 2008

Campus Ambassador Map

There is a new map of the Sun Campus Ambassadors on the Sun Developer Network site. There are over 500 of these guys, and the list promises to grow dramatically next year.

Friday Feb 22, 2008

Campus Ambassadors in Japan

It was great to meet the three Campus Ambassadors in Japan yesterday -- Heejoung Park, Takahiro Machino, Hiroya Susuki. I'm going to be getting more involved with various education programs around OpenSolaris in China, India, and Japan. Should be fun. I've been on OpenSolaris for four years, and I've worked on many aspects of the project. But working with students is the most rewarding by far. Looking forward to doing more in this area.

Monday Sep 10, 2007

Campus Ambassadors

I see there are a couple of OpenSolaris user group project proposals from the Sun Campus Ambassador Program showing up on advocacy-discuss over the weekend. That's encouraging to see. There may be a lot of these guys coming our way, too, so I hope to get someone from the CA program involved in fielding requests for projects and helping manage any necessary transitions in leadership as students get involved and then graduate and move on. The Advocacy Community Group sponsors the OpenSolaris User Group projects, and the community has to agree and vote on each one. But this could be a good way to create new user groups as well as increase membership and activity in existing user groups that are near the Campus Ambassador universities.

Thursday Jul 05, 2007

Campus Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors for Open Source -- The Sun Campus Ambassador Program is already successful will be even more important in FY08. I hope to get involved in this program in FY08. There is more info here in the OpenSolaris Academic and Research Community and the Campus Ambassador User Group Project.
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