Sunday Nov 22, 2009

Bandung OpenSolaris User Group

After spending Tuesday talking with hundreds of engineering students at ITHB Bandung (and after a great lunch with the university faculty), we found a very cool Bandung OpenSolaris User Group meeting at detikinet.com, which is Indonesia`s largest news portal (meeting references here and here). The gathering was held in a dimly lit driveway under a tent. For over two hours we sat on the floor on a carpet and just talked about building developer communities using OpenSolaris.

I didn`t present any slides. We just had a free-flowing conversation. It was a warm night and the rains (read: utterly massive downpours) had stopped, so everything was nice and relaxed and quiet. I tried to stress that it`s important to build community locally first (this way you can follow your own rules) but then to connect globally so you learn from others around the world. The second point I made was that there is no secret to establishing credibility in a community. It`s a simple concept, really. Contributing. That`s it. In fact, there is no other way. Your title does not matter. Nor does your age or political associations or position in any given organization. And you geography should`t matter, either. What matters most is your ability to get involved, to organize and engage new people, to build basic infrastructure and tools to facilitate participation, and then to contribute directly yourself. That`s how you build community -- and the building concept pervades all levels of a community. Everyone builds. And everyone builds from within the community, not from the outside. I also told a bunch of stories about the engineers, managers, and community developers I have met along the way, the ones I respect most and from who I still learn every day. Excellent night. Then the next morning some of guys took me to a nearby volcano.

Saturday Nov 21, 2009

OpenSolaris Day at ITHB Bandung

On Tuesday we went to ITHB in Bandung, which is about two hours from Jakarta, for another university visit. We were a bit late due to some really impressive winter rain, but when we arrived the energy in the room was palpable. Great fun. Loved every minute. Can`t wait to go back. More presos on OpenSolaris from Harry Kaligis, Agus Setiawan, Lukman Prihandika, Rachmat Febrianto, Alex Budiyanto. And me

Indonesia OpenSolaris User Group

On Monday after visiting Gunadarma University we went back to Jakarta for an OpenSolaris User Group meeting at the Sun office. Met a lot of nice guys and had some good conversations about OpenSolaris. More pics to come. 

Indonesia OSUG Jakarta Indonesia OSUG Jakarta

Blog tag: indonesia-09 | Photos on Flickr

Friday Nov 20, 2009

OpenSolaris Day at Gunadarma University

I was in Indonesia earlier this week for some OpenSolaris university and user group events. Really cool trip. Exhausting, too. I did a lot of talking. Much more than usual. The community there is engaged and thriving, so there was a lot of talking in between the talks, too. Everyone was super friendly and quite obviously talented. It was my first trip to Indonesia, and it moved me deeply. I will go back, no question about it. I really liked it there. And I learned a lot. I shot 500 images and saved about 200, so I`ll post them across a few entries over the next few days. Indonesia should make for an interesting future for OpenSolaris in South East Asia with these guys coming along. Trust me on that one.

On Monday we started the day at Gunadarma University in Depok, which is about an hour outside Jakarta. Presenting at the event were Harry Kaligis, Alex Budiyanto, Made Wiryana, Agus Setiawan, and Rachmat Febrianto. And me. I talked about the history of OpenSolaris, some of the open development and website projects to support contributions, and how we are building a development community around the world. The other guys talked about local programs and specific technologies in the OpenSolaris distribution. After all the talks and questions/answers, we met with the school faculty to discuss how OpenSolaris can be used to help students learn software development, and we also stressed the importance of building an engineering community on campus where students can contribute both locally and globally.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ. OpenSolaris at Gunadarma Univ.

Blog tag: indonesia-09 | Photos on Flickr | Presentation | Search for Indonesia OSUGs

Special thanks to Alex Budiyanto for driving everything. Alex is an amazing community organizer (and presenter too). More to come.

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