Wednesday May 17, 2006

OpenSolaris at JavaOne: Photos

Here are some snaps of OpenSolaris guys at JavaOne yesterday -- the booth and show floor, the bloggers bash, and the Silicon Valley OpenSolaris User Group meeting (which was a party, of course). I was too tired to post them last night. The full set is up to 130 now. I'll take a few more tonight at the Freedom Toaster event if it's not too late and then take a little photo break for a while. This photo stuff actually takes a lot of time. But I like it. There are a bunch of Java, NetBeans, Jini, OpenOffice, java.net, and Jxta guys mixed in here, but that's ok. It's their conference, after all, right? :)

Tuesday May 16, 2006

JavaOne: NetBeans Day, Fireside Chat: Photos

I went to JavaOne in San Francisco today. Today was all about NetBeans. And what a turn out. Something like 1,300 people registered for this day of keynotes and technical sessions. I don't know how many people were actually there, but I waited in line a lot, that's for sure. And the keynote room was packed with guys standing all along the back wall several rows deep. It was amazing. Great to see. I used to do PR for the NetBeans guys a few years ago, and back then competitors and industry observers were telling Sun to just toss in the towel on NetBeans. Ha! The NetBeans community continues to grow and continues to impress, and I bet the NetBeans community is a major influence on the Java community as a whole.

The best part of the day was catching up with some people I know to talk about their experiences building communities. I try to observe other communities and learn from them. I figure, they've done all this before we have, so there's a great deal we can learn. People are always helpful, too, and I hope to return the favor some day.

Also cool was Rich Green and Jonathan Schwartz talking about open source Java. A pretty significant change in conversation, I 'd say.

I also went to the JavaOne Alumni Fireside Chat in the early evening, which is cool. It's basically an open Q&A. No presos. No messages. Just an open conversation with the most senior guys of Java.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, the OpenSolaris community has several things planned (Freedom Toaster, SVOSUG meeting, blogger party, booth demos). I'll take some pictures. If you are around, stop by the Sun booth. I'd love to meet.

Here are some snaps from today.
The full set on flickr.

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There are more. The full set is on flickr.

Thursday Nov 10, 2005

Solaris/OpenSolaris Session at JavaOne

Akira Ohsone talks Solaris and OpenSolaris at a full session this afternoon at JavaOne Tokyo. There wasn't any translation, but that's ok ... I got a good lesson in Japanese.


JavaOne Tokyo

Some initial images from JavaOne Tokyo ...


Friday Oct 21, 2005

OpenSolaris at JavaOne Tokyo

I'll be at JavaOne Tokyo in a few weeks to meet up with the Japanese OpenSolaris community, and I'm really Looking forward to it. I'll be in Nagano before that, though.

Sunday Feb 27, 2005

Java Awards

Check out James Gosling's blog. The Java guys really, really kicked ass this year. They won a gallon of developer awards at developer.com. Congrats, guys! I especially love the Web Services and Open Source categories. That's just too sweet.

I remember when IBM and Microsoft went wild on XML and Web Services a few years ago and absolutely pounded on us for being "behind" in these areas. Actually, we were called "laggards." Charming. I was doing software PR at the time, and it was the busiest and most competitive situation I've ever experienced at Sun. From a marketing perspective, the other guys were well coordinated, they outnumbered us, they caught us flat-footed, and we lost many of the arguments. But we fought very hard, and we made it difficult on IBM and Microsoft in several very public situations. Simon Phipps, Danese Cooper, James Gosling, Simon Nicholson, Bill Smith, and Jon Bosak did the heavy lifting of trying to un-spin the FUD and get our own XML, Web Services, Java, and Open Source stories out. The attack seemed to be hitting on all those issues at the same time, and most of the press seemed to support the IBM-Microsoft bandwagon. It was very frustrating. It was during that time that I completely lost what little respect I had left for the press. Then, to make matters worse, right about that time IBM launched Eclipse, and everyone bought the idiotic notion that Sun was "behind" in open source tools despite the fact that NetBeans predated Eclipse by two years. Oh, well, such is life defending yourself from the powerful marketing and PR operations at IBM and Microsoft. We did the best we could at the time, though, and I'm proud to say we never caved. Not once.

But, I've been away from the Java team for a couple of years now, so I guess they've been busy building out their product strategies. Developers seemed to have noticed, too. Here are the results from developer.com. Sun takes 6 out of 10 awards. This list speaks for itself ...

Technology of the Year
Java 2 Standard EditionTM 5.0 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Development Tool of the Year
Eclipse From The Eclipse Foundation
Runner Up: Sun JavaTM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Enterprise Development Tool of the Year
Java J2EETM From Sun Microsystems Inc.
Runner Up: Microsoft® Visual Studio® .Net From Microsoft® Corporation

Development Utility of the Year
Firefox 1.0 From Mozilla
Runner Up: Altova XMLSpy® 2005 From Altova

DBMS or Related Technology of the Year
IBM Cloudscape V10.0 From IBM

Wireless/Mobile Development Product of the Year
J2METM Wireless Toolkit 2.2 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Web Service or Related Tool of the Year
Java Web Service Developer Pack From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Java Tool of the Year
Sun Java
TM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

.NET Tool/Add-in of the Year
The Mono Project Sponsored by Novell

Open Source Tool of the Year
NetBeans IDE From NetBean.org


Monday Jan 17, 2005

Gosling on Solaris

You gotta love interviews with James Gosling. They are usually quite a trip. He just says what he thinks, that's all. Man, I wish I could do that instead of bouncing all over the place like I do. Anyway, in this Q&A -- Developer spotlight: James Gosling -- in Builder AU Gosling talks Java (of course), tools, IBM, software patents, Emacs and Richard Stallman (a must read), and the Solaris platform. Yes, Solaris. Check it out:

Q: At the moment you are using an Apple for day-to-day use. Can you see a day when you will be using Solaris on x86?

A: One of the problems with Solaris on x86 has been that support for laptops has been very thin. With Solaris 10 there is a lot of laptop support. I’m currently looking to get myself an x86 laptop but I want to get the right one because Apple notebooks are just physically better, they are mechanically more solid than most of the PC ones. I put too many files on my laptop to deal with something that is going to break and every PC laptop I’ve ever had is a piece of crap, technically speaking.

Can anyone recommend a good laptop for Gosling?

Anyway, I'm happy to see Gosling talking Solaris. I remember a few years ago when I used to do PR in the software organization. I got a call from Bob McMillan at Linux Magazine. He wanted to do a story on Gosling ... Java technology and Linux ... why isn't Sun doing more with Java on Linux. At the time I didn't know James, but I thought Bob's idea was a good one (I agreed with him totally, too), and also I wanted to work more with Linux Magazine since I was interested in open source. So I said, yah, let's do it. I'll try to get Gosling. Nice. How do I get Gosling? No clue. Well, lucky for me at the time he wasn't doing much PR (he goes through cycles), and no one in PR really had responsibility for him. You see, PR people are childishly possessive over their "spokespeople," so ordinarily this is enough to scare anyone away. But, no PR person was in sight as far as the eye could see, so I was golden. Ok, next problem, do I know anyone who knows Gosling to give him a heads up on this? No. Not really. So, I decided to just call him.

Ring ... ring ... ring. "Hello," he answered. Ok ... now what do I do? I was more than a little intimidated in case you haven't noticed. But I wanted this interview, so I just dove in. After he listened for a moment, he said he'd do it and that "we should be talking to these guys a lot more."  Cool. I took that as a sign. :) So, we're on our way. The next week we met the editors of Linux Magazine at some fancy restaurant in Palo Alto for a three hour dinner in our own private room. Really nice place, too, though I can't for the life of me remember the name. Here's the story, though. It all worked out pretty well, other than I got into a little trouble for talking to Linux Magazine -- you see PR at the time was nervous about open source issues. Go figure.

I did many interviews with Gosling after that while I was in PR, but this interview was especially substantiative. I realized that Java James was an amazing spokesperson for ... Solaris. Who knew? Certainly no one in PR, that's for sure. During the dinner, he spent at least an hour (I took detailed notes) talking about Solaris. I was fascinated. I mean he really dug deep into the system -- comparing it to Linux, to AIX, to Windows -- with relatively little concern about marketing and politics. Most of the Solaris stuff didn't didn't make it into the article (3 hours is a really long interview), but it was really wonderful to listen to.

By the way, there was no need for me to be intimidated. James is an extremely gentle and kind soul.

Friday Nov 12, 2004

JohnnyL on Sun Software: Slashdot

Sun's John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software, is out there talking Linux, the Solaris 10 platform, the Java Desktop System, and the Java Enterprise System in a Q&A over at LinuxWorld. He's also started quite a conversation on Slashdot, too. Some nice back and forth there.

Tuesday Jun 29, 2004

JavaOne: Looking Glass goes GPL

During his keynote this morning, Scott McNealy invited Hideya Kawahara on stage to GPL Project Looking Glass. This was supposed to happen yesterday, but I guess they found the money late last nite to fund the project.

Very nice. It's going to be fascinating to see the community run with this one. I'm not a coder, but I'd love to get involved in any way I can contribute to this community. I can't wait to get this on Solaris x86, which, of course, will be powered by an open source community of its own very shortly. I'm still going back and forth between JDS on Linux and XP on my laptop, a Sun Ray in the office, and XP at home. Too many computers. I'd like to have one computer, one platform. Just one. I'm only one guy, after all. I'd like a computer that is as beautiful and stable as a Mac, but one that doesn't require all that cash to be sent to Apple. I've given far too much money to Apple over the years. I'm inches away from buying a Mac, but I think I'll hold out for a while and see what Looking Glass looks like running on top of a fast Opteron running an open source Solaris.

JavaOne: More Open Source from Sun?

A long Q&A with Schwartz and eWeek's Steve Gillmor. Schwartz talks open source Solaris and Java, engaging communities of developers, and corporate competitive stuff. But the most interesting bit in this piece is this exchange:

Steve Gillmor: You're trying to come up with a unifying solution across this rather confusing array of alternatives …

Jonathan Schwartz: But it may not be unified, Steve. We use the GPL for OpenOffice, but GPL may not be the right answer for Java. The Apache license may be more akin to what we want for Java.

All I want to do is suggest that, as we move forward in our business, we're cognizant that there is a very substantial community of developers who prefer having access to the source code. We may in fact not simply limit ourselves to Solaris and Java; we may look more broadly at what else we can open-source (emphasis added).

Humm. I wonder what's next?

Monday Jun 28, 2004

JavaOne: The Cannon

This is what Gosling used to fire some Java T shirts into the keynote audience this morning! A Java Cannon.


JavaOne: Alumni Fireside Chat

So cool. I'm an alumni. :) Finally. I feel special. Along with the 500 or so other guys in the room. After four trips to JavaOne, my badge finally lets me into the Alumni Fireside Chat with James Gosling, Graham Hamilton, Rob Gingell, Tim Lindholm and moderated by Paul Pangaro. I have a lot of respect for those guys, and have worked with them from time to time while I was in Software PR.

After a nice intro (and then a really strange video sequence from Schwartz), Paul simply introduced the guys to the stage and began a rapid fire, well moderated Q&A from the audience. An hour and an half of deeply technical questions. NetBeans vs Eclipse, open source Java, Swing vs SWT, multi language support, and all sorts of stuff I couldn't even begin to explain because, well, I have no clue.

The highlight for me, though, was when Gingell was answering the open source Java question -- or actually deflecting the question to Thursday's keynote panel on just that issue -- he brought up open source Solaris! Very nice. Just a quick mention ... that Sun had announced it, and that he had been pushing it for more than four years now. I remember doing press interviews with him on this years ago. Well, it turns out that I work on that program now, so I'm looking for all the senior executive support I can get. I'd love to set up a Fireside Chat for the Solaris kernel engineering team when we open source the code. The guys are blogging on blogs.sun.com, so the conversation has already begun ... they are doing a pretty damn good job of engaging the early open Solaris community.

One more thing about this Fireside Chat -- No slides. No speeches. No marketing. No bullshit. Just content and conversation with a little controversy. And pizza, too.
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