Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

GNOME.Asia in China

Nice to see more open source conferences going to China. I can easily see that in the future the vast majority of my work will be done with significant connections to China. I'm especially interested in the China, Japan, Korea relationships, actually. Also great to see Sun sponsoring of the conference, and Sun engineers participating with technical sessions and community building talks.

Monday Nov 15, 2004

Sun, JDS, Looking Glass, Linux

I love Tom Adelstein's introduction to Sam Hiser's interview with Hideya Kawahara:

In Sam's interview with Hideya Kawahara, creator of Project Looking Glass, they go into the desktop as a metaphor and a new way for seeing the world. The article was written for a Java audience. But keep in mind that this project is GPL'd, contributed by Sun and a community project for L-I-N-U-X. The importance of the article lies in how the desktop is making a strategic and tactical move beyond the current paradigm. As you read it, keep in mind this is a project for Linux -- originated on Linux JDS.

Notice the emphasis on "L-I-N-U-X." Too funny. I guess you have to say it loud so people listen. Especially when it comes to Sun and Linux, anyway.

Sam's interview with Hideya is excellent. The best question/answer for me (since I'm not a developer) is this one:

Do you have any kernels of wisdom for young people (high-school age) on how they might find and follow their passions in programming or collaborative development?

Here are my humble suggestions: Don't compromise in pursuit of something you feel passionate about. I think that's the key. We cannot do everything, but I would suggest that you identify a few things on which you would never compromise. Then follow your passion and instinct.

Another key is action. Avoid pressuring others to value what you are passionate about. The best way to convince people of the value of your ideas is to make a visual demonstration. Talking is ineffectual.

Today, we are fortunate, since we have more chances to find someone who shares the same values, thanks to the Internet. Don't be shy. Express your interests and find new friends from all over the world, and work together with them. It will be one of most exciting experiences you could ever have.

I really enjoy getting to know people who share the same vision, talking and working with them. The fact that I could get connected with those folks--live, all over the world, via the Internet--is simply amazing and exciting. I'm talking with people from Sweden, Brazil, the U.K., China, Japan and more! I'm thankful for these connections and these people. I'd encourage you to participate in an open source project, if you haven't yet. I'm sure it will change your world.

It's all about following your passion, connecting with people, and contributing to communities. Love it. Those last three sentences say it all.

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.

Thursday Nov 11, 2004

JDS on my Sun Ray!

Very nice, guys. I came in this morning looking forward to my new desktop, and I'm thrilled. I now have Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) on my Sun Ray. I guess they upgraded the servers last nite. Pretty slick! And it's pretty quick, too.

Japan does JDS

Well, now, this is cool, eh?

"Japan gives OK to Sun desktop suite," according to ZDNet:

The Japanese government has approved Sun Microsystems' open-source desktop software for use within one of its ministries, Sun is expected to announce.

I wonder when we'll "announce."

Thursday Oct 28, 2004

Sun, Linux, and Vodafone

Did you catch this headline today in PC Pro out of the UK?

From the article's last paragraph:

The deal also marks another step in the march of Linux on the desktop. With a major corporation such as Vodafone rolling out Sun's SUSE-based Java desktop, it is the biggest deployment since June, when Allied Irish Bank signed a deal to use JDS across 7,500 seats.


Wednesday Oct 27, 2004

Berlind on JDS/Solaris

David Berlind of ZDNet has a long, long commentary on the Sun Java Desktop System (JDS) running on the Solaris platform today. Berlind generally has detailed and thoughtful pieces, and this one has some interesting views. I'm still digesting it, to be honest. I have JDS Release 3 on my Toshiba laptop on one of the latest builds of Solaris 10. So far, so good (well, a few quirks, to be honest, but I'm thrilled to be up and running).

I love Berlind's opening comment:

Something rather strange happened earlier this month. Sun released -- but did not announce -- a Solaris-based version of Release 2 of its Java Desktop System (JDS). Given the significance of JDS R2, for which a Linux-based version has existed since May 2004, why would Sun avoid drawing attention to this release?

Read on for the answer ... or at least Berlind's answer, anyway ...

Sunday Oct 24, 2004

JDS on Solaris: "Could be a Boon"

Nice long piece here on on our Java Desktop System (JDS) for the Solaris platform. He are some quotes:

"For those environments already running Solaris and deploying or considering doing so on x86 platforms, JDS for x86 could be a boon," Michael Dortch, a principal business analyst and IT infrastructure management practice leader for IT research firm Robert Frances Group, told

"Now IT executives can begin allowing advanced users to explore the software features and interoperability with incumbent solutions at little to no risk," Dortch continued. "And with the new detente between Sun and Microsoft, interoperability with Microsoft Office should only get better, giving IT executives more choice and pricing flexibility without requiring Microsoft to cut prices or deal with 'unauthorized' users of its discounted educational versions of Microsoft Office.

Ok, I can live with that. It's not bad. But I don't understand why Dortch then says this:

"Now, if Sun would only drop the other shoe and deliver JDS for Windows on x86, the enterprise desktop software market could become truly interesting while we all wait for Longhorn to ship."

Why would we want to deliver JDS on Windows? Perhaps there is a perfectly good reason. Educate me. I certainly wouldn't buy it or run it, though. And, are we all really waiting for Longhorn to ship? Not me. Long before Longhorn ships I'll be Windows free.

Now on to another analyst in the article:

"Sure, there will be some number of units on which Solaris x86 (v9 or v10) will run, but it will be very small by comparison to what Novell/SUSE, Red Hat and all of the other folks working on Linux can provide," [Jonathan Eunice, president principal analyst and IT advisor at tech research firm Illuminata] said. "Linux is also the x86-enabled flavor of Unix that has mindshare and attention in the OEM community -- those making graphics cards, network adapters, and other hardware gizmos."

"A few people, including Sun folks, may even run JDS on Solaris. But JDS for Linux is the key to broader acceptance," he said.

Just "a few people" to run JDS on the Solaris platform? Well, I guess we will have to show Mr. Eunice a thing or two, right? It's up to us to prove him wrong. My gut, though, says that people aren't really considering the affect OpenSolaris will have on this market. I realize the damn thing is not even launched yet (we're running an OpenSolaris Pilot Program right now, though), but my gut keeps telling me that OpenSolaris will surprise everyone. Including -- and perhaps especially -- Sun.

We'll see. Could be an interesting year. After all, we're not all waiting around for Longhorn to ship, now are we?

Wednesday Oct 20, 2004

SunFlash Review of JDS Book

Here's a quick SunFlash review of O'Reilly's Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop by Tom Adelstein and Sam Hiser. Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) seems to be getting a lot of attention out there these days. Very nice.

Saturday Oct 09, 2004

No JDS Mention

Interesting how this article, "Linux Takes Microsoft Rivalry to the Desktop," doesn't mention Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) for Linux. Others think we have a pretty good offering going with JDS.

Friday Oct 08, 2004

Phipps at LinuxWorld Expo London

Nice piece in The Register on Simon Phipps and his keynote in London at LinuxWorld Expo.

Lots of bits about patents, anti-trust, Microsoft, Sun, the lawsuit, "selling out," IBM, Red Hat,, the Sun Java Desktop System, and the Solaris platform. Not many could tie all that together, but that's what Simon does for a living.

The most interesting part for me was the warning:

Phipps delivered a warning that developers should be prepared to fight for the future of open source. After been ignored and laughed at by detractors "we're at the fighting stage in the development of open source," he said. He compared open source developers to trade guilds, and warned they could be exploited by vendors who would "take code and not give it back", or use open source technology to build brands rather than thinking of the community. "Open source is all about communities. Up until the point a product is supported it's just a hollow gesture by a corporation to thrown code over wall," he said.

I wonder how the open source community will react to this. This implies that a significant change is underway. Being ignored and laughed at is one thing, but fighting is another thing altogether and requires a different strategy. Oftentimes different leaders. In other words, in a fight, everything could change. Interesting to see if this materializes.

You'll love the HP reference in the piece, too! Pretty funny. Not a good week for our friends over at HP.

Thursday Oct 07, 2004 Talks JDS

Really nice piece here at O'Reilly's on the Sun Java Desktop System (JDS). This one sentence from the lead says it all:

It seems odd that strident objections are being directed at the very best, most complete, and thoroughly integrated GNU/Linux distro on the market.

It's a comprehensive article, though, so give it a try. Lots of honest and pithy statements, and lots of thoughtful explanations about what JDS is and why it's important. It's by Sam Hiser, coauthor of Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop. I run JDS on the Solaris platform on my laptop. We're getting JDS on our Sun Ray systems internally this month. And I bet that JDS will be one of the critical applications that helps drive community involvement in OpenSolaris.

Monday Sep 27, 2004

JDS on Solaris

Thanks, Alan, for getting the Sun Java Desktop System (JDS) going on my laptop the other day. Runs nice on the Solaris operating system (OS). Next step is to toast Windows from the dual boot and just go with JDS on Solaris OS.


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