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By jimgris on May 28, 2006
Tags: Open Source OpenSolaris Java
Thursday May 18, 2006
Wednesday May 17, 2006
By jimgris on May 17, 2006
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.
conference, after all, right? :)
Tuesday May 16, 2006
By jimgris on May 16, 2006
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.
The full set on flickr.
Thursday Nov 10, 2005
Friday Oct 21, 2005
Tuesday Jun 29, 2004
By jimgris on Jun 29, 2004
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.
Monday Jun 28, 2004
By jimgris on Jun 28, 2004
This is what Gosling used to fire some Java T shirts into the keynote
this morning! A Java Cannon.
By jimgris on Jun 28, 2004
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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