Sunday Jul 06, 2008

Moving Faster

It's great to some of the core open development issues really starting to heat up now. You can hear Tim Cramer, Stephen Hahn, and Dave Miner talk about these projects at the OpenSolaris Community Strategy Planning Meeting (slides and audio). At the 21:35 minute mark of the audio, which is slide 6 in the deck, you'll hear Tim talk about the movement of kernel development (gate and tools) to Mercurial and then outside the firewall. See the preliminary schedule and the SCM migration project here and here for more details. Anyway, back to the call: lots of install from Dave and lots of packaging from Stephen. Good stuff. I slept through this meeting, so I'm glad it's all online.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

As Good as Ubuntu

OpenSolaris revs up for competition: "This morning I installed Solaris 10 build 72 on a VMWare Fusion guest OS on Mac OS X. I was surprised by the new installer application. It's a completely different experience compared to before. Frankly, the new installation program can now compete against the user-friendliness of Ubuntu." -- Rom Feria, Hack IT Linux

It's great to see some of these experiences with the new Solaris installer. It's just the beginning, though. :)

Sunday Sep 02, 2007

The Community is the Key

Sun: Coders key to Solaris' rise: "Williams is impressed by the community that's already grown up around OpenSolaris. "It's the most productive community I've ever been a part of," he said, with a posted query drawing 4 to 5 informed responses within an hour from both third parties and Sun engineers. Sun's approach to open source is "very mature and adult," Williams added, largely because Sun engineers are used to fielding customers' questions and know it's important to respond rapidly." -- Jason Williams, CTO and COO of DigiTar.

It's great reading comments recognizing the OpenSolaris community. Not the technology. Not the company. But the people who make up this nascent community around the world and who have been working to build the community all along. Community building takes time. It takes time to reach critical mass. It takes time whether it happens organically or via organizational resources from companies and/or foundations. And we've been at it for a while with OpenSolaris. Four years, in fact. That's how far back the planning started. Very few people realize that and very few know the full history. But I'm excited to see the community start to move to the center of the conversation around OpenSolaris. That's really what we had planned all along.

Another interesting bit from this article is way at the end. Solaris Marketing VP, Marc Hamilton, hinted at discussions with OEMs to further expand the market for OpenSolaris technology. That, too, will help the community grow significantly -- especially when you are talking about mega deals with Intel and IBM. That's an entirely new area for OpenSolaris, and it's very cool to see coming to fruition.

So, we have a community growing not only in size with individuals contributing code and companies contributing code but also with users running the code. Growth is now occurring in all areas, and that will only increase as work progresses on the university programs, the conference programs, and the core engineering projects around SCM, DTS, install, packaging, Indiana, and many others.

Tuesday Aug 21, 2007

New Install

Try Out the "Dwarf Caiman" Installer -- "Over the weekend, Solaris Nevada build 70 was pushed out to the Sun Download Center.  This build is the first candidate for the next Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) release, which means the work of the Dwarf Caiman team is now generally available." -- Dave Miner

Excellent. New install for Solaris comes alive. Dave points out that this is just the beginning of the project, though, so give it some time to mature. I'll be upgrading for sure and will report back. I've already heard people praising this work. Cool.

Monday Jul 30, 2007

An Evening of Heavy Drinking

I love great quotes. Here's one from Ars at Ubuntu Live: Sun's booth in the exhibit hall: "I'm sure the folks from Sun were taking notes at Ubuntu Live and gaining some insight into the Ubuntu community-building process. Sun had a pretty strong presence at the conference. They even hosted a party with free beer, which is a pretty good strategy for Sun, because an evening of heavy drinking is probably the only thing that could make a current Ubuntu user think that installing OpenSolaris on a personal computer is a good idea at this point. We can only hope that Project Indiana will close the gap and make OpenSolaris a stronger choice for the desktop." -- Ryan Paul

So, it takes getting really drunk before you'd think if putting Solaris Express (Sun's distro of OpenSolaris) or any of the other four OpenSolaris-based distros on a laptop? Oh, it's not that bad, my goodness. :) If I can install Solaris Express than that means we've made gigantic headway because I know next to nothing about Unix technology. And things are improving (here, here, here) all the time. I have Ubuntu on one of my laptops, and it's quite nice, no question about it. But being open for just 25 months, I'd say we're doing quite nicely, too. Have people forgotten that?

Great quote, though ....
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