Friday Feb 12, 2010

Updating the OpenSolaris Participation Page

I'm starting to update the Participation page on by adding context and pointers to Communities, Projects, User Groups, and Subsites that have published contribution documents. In other words, if you run any kind of group in OpenSolaris and take contributions, I'd like to build out a collection of links so we have one place to send people who are new or who may want to review a variety of ways to get involved. It's quite common to trip over new groups in this community that take contributions that I've never even heard of, so from time to time I intentionally go out looking for this information. And since the OpenSolaris community is distributed across many websites and social networks around the world, I'd like to attempt to collect more ways to contribute that are off of But the requirement is focused on contributing. I'm not interested in a massive list of spaces (we already have a million of them), I'm only interested in groups that encourage people to contribute directly to a given project. Send mail to jimgris at sun dot com and I'll update the page if I get some good links.

Friday Feb 27, 2009

Start Your Translations!

Back in June of 2008 I went to Prague for the OpenSolaris Developer Conference. I had a great time and met a lot of interesting OpenSolaris developers. And I was especially impressed with the Sun globalization engineering presentation way at the end of the two day conference when they talked about Contributing OpenSolaris Translations.

Back then the contribution system they built was a pilot but now it's live. Now community members around the world can access the Sun globalization system remotely via a web application and view and edit the Translation Memory database and those contributions will find their way into product releases and IPS packages in the repository. How cool is that?

So, if you are blessed with knowing a couple of languages (or more) and want to help the OpenSolaris community improve our language skills, go and get started with the announcement from Ales Cernosek: Community Translation Interface (CTI) 1.0.

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Tuesday Nov 04, 2008


Nice to see the code contribution list growing to 300 integrations. Actually, this is only the code contributions to a couple of consolidations, but nevertheless. It's a nice round number. Other contributions are coming in via various projects, but we don't keep track of them in any centralized way. Here's how to participate and contribute. Many more methods of contributing coming.

Monday Jul 28, 2008

10 Languages, 10 Contributions

Ikuko Kagaya from Sun Japan thanked some community contributors today for helping translate the release notes for OpenSolaris 2008.05 into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Brasilian Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean. That's 10 languages of content with the Sun globalization team working with 10 contributors from the OpenSolaris community around the world. There are more documents that need translating, though. If you are interested in contributing, see Reiko Saito's outline at "How to Translate OpenSolaris Documents" and just jump in.

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

Contributing to DTrace

I can see I'll never have a career as an interviewer, but that's ok. Blogging is easier. Anyway, Deirdre Straughan was kind enough to record a conversation I had with Chad Mynhier, a contributor to DTrace, at the OpenSolaris Developer Conference last month. Chad also spoke at OSDevCon. Very nice guy. Audio here

Tuesday Nov 20, 2007

Fix a Bug

Contributing code to OpenSolaris is by far the #1 method of contributing anything to the project, and it also represents the largest number of individual contributors as well. Over time that will change, of course, as we expand the project to engage very large numbers of users in a variety of emerging markets, but for right now code contributing is most common (despite all the hurdles). So, it's cool to see that Gangadhar Mylapuram wrote a document about how students can get involved -- Contributing to OpenSolaris Code - Mini How to. As I work on documents about contributing to OpenSolaris, I'll keep a collection inside the Advocacy CG so we can work on them and eventually they can live on the top levels pages on the site.


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