Wednesday Jan 21, 2009

Intuitively Obvious

Calls for open source government: "It's intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software." -- Scott McNealy, quoted in the BBC, which also reports that Scott is working up some open source docs for the new Obama Administration. That's cool. Also, conversation on Slashdot

Saturday Dec 15, 2007

Japanese Government Chooses OpenSolaris

Sun Microsystems Brings Global Governments Online with Open Architectures: "The government of Japan has been keenly exploring ways to provide electronic government services for many years, which led to the formulation of the 'New IT Reform Strategy' in January 2006. The strategy has a goal of making 50 percent of all applications and filings for government agencies to be submitted online by 2010, which can only be attained if the service infrastructures are up to speed with taxpayers' expectations. Sun was chosen to create an integrated and inherently secure network, called Trusted Network, which will help enable a true one-stop service infrastructure. The complete Sun solution is comprised of OpenSolaris OS, Sun Java System Identity Manager software, Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite and Sun Ray thin clients." -- Sun press release

Cool. Nice to see OpenSolaris embraced in the government market. More here -- Japan picks Sun for e-governance

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

Solaris in Japan

Solaris for E-Government in Japan: This is very cool. Akira Ohsone, the leader of Sun's Tokyo Software Center, blogs about about an article in the Nikkei yesterday reporting that the Japanese government has decided to use open source in its e-government initiative. The first implementation includes Solaris systems at a facility in Okinawa. So, Solaris won a government deal because it's open source. This is the second government initiative in Japan with Solaris, and Akira has a link to the first one from last summer as well. The two initiatives are unrelated, but can you spot the trend here? There's probably more to come about this.

Monday Jul 16, 2007

Japan and ODF

ODF Alliance: Japan To Adopt Open Software Standards: "With its new interoperability framework, Japan is setting an important worldwide example," said Marino Marcich, ODF Alliance Managing Director. "By giving preference to open software formats such as ODF, it is saying that information should be competitively priced, innovative, and easily available to the widest range of people, now and in the future. We hail Japan for its diligence and vision."

Cool. More here:

Friday Dec 29, 2006

OpenSolaris in Japan

Seems there's a lot of Solaris in Japan these days. Check out Jonathan's pink map. I'm not surprised one bit, actually.

Scott (as in Chairman McNealy) was here a few weeks ago, and he told us in a company meeting in Tokyo that Jonathan had sent him this map and how it was great to see Japan covered in Solaris. Scott spoke a lot about Solaris and OpenSolaris that night, as I recall. I stood up and told him that OpenSolaris is getting a lot of attention in Japan as well. Since we launched in June of 05, Tokyo is the number three city in the world for traffic hitting opensolaris.org, and Japan overall has been consistently number three behind the U.S. and the U.K. That's pretty remarkable considering the language issues here (which we have a plan to solve).

But sometimes it gets more interesting. In the month of December, Japan picked off the U.K. for the number two spot behind the U.S. In reality, Japan and the U.K. trade places frequently depending on how you cut the numbers, but overall it seems that there's a lot of interest in OpenSolaris here in Japan. Searches to the web forums are way up this month, too. Now, you may not hear about some of this stuff as you would with other regions of the world, but I've come to believe that that's simply part of the style here. Sometimes performance is more powerful when just ever so slightly understated. (That was so blatantly obvious when I was in Korea as well, by the way. Another fascinating place for OpenSolaris.) Even the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA), which is part of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), has recognized OpenSolaris (here, here). That's a pretty good recommendation to have, wouldn't you say?

Keep an eye on Japan. There are some things going on here that may surprise some people some day.

Saturday Aug 05, 2006

IPA Japan and OpenSolaris

Nice to see Japan's Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) recognizing OpenSolaris (here, here) with a Solaris and Sun Ray deployment at the Urasoe City Office, Okinawa.
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