Friday Apr 16, 2010
Saturday Apr 10, 2010
Monday Mar 29, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Mar 29, 2010
I went to the Yokohama Linux User Group meeting held at Rakuten Inc., in Shinagawa Seaside (far away), earlier tonight to see Hisayoshi Kato and Mikiya Okuno talk about DTrace. There were more than 80 guys there from multiple communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, BSD, MySQL, and others. For more on DTrace, including some Japanese presentations, see the OpenSolaris DTrace Day event from last Saturday in Tokyo.
Saturday Mar 27, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Mar 27, 2010
I stopped by the Tokyo Hackerspace in Shirokanedai
earlier today and dropped off 10 OpenSolaris Bibles and 15 OpenSolaris
t-shirts. And a few hats. Actually, I dragged the stuff all the way
from my office in Yoga. It took forever. Those damn bibles are bricks.
A thousand pages each. But I figured a house full of international
hackers could use some books and shirts. I find the Hackerspaces
concept really interesting because it attracts people who participate in multiple communities.
Sunday Mar 14, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Mar 14, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Mar 14, 2010
Anyway, one character I know here in Tokyo is Hisayoshi Kato (blog, twitter). He’s a core developer in the Japan OpenSolaris community. He’ll be presenting DTrace at the Yokohama Linux User Group (YLUG) Monday night March 29th (and don’t forget DTrace Day on the 27th at the OpenSolaris User Group). If you know Japanese and you want to know DTrace, you should go to these presentations. Everyone is welcome.
Kato-san presented DTrace at the Tokyo Linux User Group a while back, and he’s done technical talks at many FOSS conferences and user groups meetings throughout Japan. He also knows a bunch about ZFS, too. He’s a co-author of this book on ZFS, which is an original work in Japanese. And finally, if you are are going to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco in April, you may bump into Kato-san there as well. Hopefully, he’ll be able to meet up with some OpenSolaris guys in the Bay Area during the Linux conference.
By Jimgris-Oracle on Mar 14, 2010
Thursday Feb 25, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Feb 25, 2010
The OpenSolaris community plans four sessions at the Tokyo Open Source Conference
on Friday and Saturday. See announcements from Shoji
Saito, who also posted her slides. These sessions will involve not
only dives into the technology, such as ZFS and new features in the
OpenSolaris distribution, but also how to contribute localizations and
get involved in the community generally. There will be a booth, so stop
by and get some CDs and shirts and other stuff. If you miss the conference, you can catch up with things in March when we'll have more community events at the Sun Yoga office. A Linux technical meeting is planned for the 13th, and then there will be 3 sessions of OpenSolaris later in the month on the 27th.
Friday Feb 05, 2010
By Jimgris-Oracle on Feb 05, 2010
- Japan's techies strive to bridge culture gap (January 2010)
- Tokyo 2.0 a buzzing hub for online communities, entrepreneurs (April 2009)
Monday Dec 14, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Dec 14, 2009
Members of the OpenSolaris Community in Japan will be participating in three community events this week Tokyo's Biggest Tech Party Ever (A Charity Event), OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar, and the Tokyo Linux User Group's Technical Meeting & Bonenkai.
Should be a pretty busy week to end the year around here. I'll take
some images. If you are in the area, stop by. After that I am taking a
couple of weeks off -- no email, no cell phone, no Internet, no
nothing. Just fresh air.
Saturday Nov 14, 2009
Saturday Oct 31, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Oct 31, 2009
Here are some images from the Fall 2009 Tokyo Open Source Conference.
The OpenSolaris community participated with presentations from Reiko
Saito and Masafumi Ohta and a
booth full of demos for the weekend event. There are some NetBeans and Linux guys mixed in here as well. There were dozens and dozens of communities there.
Friday Oct 23, 2009
Friday Oct 16, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Oct 16, 2009
I subscribed to the Linux kernel mailing list recently. It`s way too
technical for me to really follow very closely, but I just wanted to
get a feel for the personality of the community. It`s interesting. And
things move very
But watching all this Linux kernel mail flowing by all day long reminds me that I do actually have some experience posting to the list. Twice, in fact. And it was by far the single most embarrassing moment in my OpenSolaris life, although I must admit it stings much less now all these years later. Here it is. Back before we opened the OS/Net consolidation in June of 2005 (that`s what people consider the main opening of the project), we had been collecting email addresses on our temporary site that hosted the DTrace code, which we had previously opened in January of 2005. People would enter their email addresses into a database on the site so we could then alert them when we opened the main code base. I hated the idea of doing this but obviously lost the argument. Also, I was asked to write the email that we would send to these people announcing the opening of our kernel. The whole thing made me nauseous. But, so be it. On opening day my mail shot out to well over 7 thousand people via our corporate systems. It didn`t come from my mailer, that`s for sure. I just submitted the text to another team and ducked. And did we clean the list beforehand? Of course not. We just let all fly. And it ended up in some rather interesting places -- one of which being the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Here it is. I was mortified. And here is my apology to the entire Linux kernel community shortly thereafter. Like I said, I hated the idea of any mass mailing outside for just this reason. Sure, it was well intentioned, but it was also unnecessary, poorly implemented, and easily gamed. Obviously. Anyway, I did get a few private responses from list members who were very kind and understanding. That made all the difference in the world.
Lessons learned, eh? Hey, you have to go through some pain to learn this community business, right? Fun stuff.
Friday Oct 09, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Oct 09, 2009
The Tokyo Linux User
Group will be celebrating 15 years of Linux in Tokyo in a couple of
weeks. I`ll be there. If you want to go,
see the info here. I have been participating
in TLUG for over two years now, and I have learned a great deal --
not only about Linux but also about the FOSS community in Tokyo. And,
actually, the Linux community in Tokyo is international, so you are
always meeting people from not only here but from all over the place.
In any given meeting, you could easily have conversations with guys
from a dozen countries. Really interesting group. Friendly. Open. Technical. Diverse.
Sunday Sep 20, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Sep 20, 2009
Anyway. I am going to put together a new presentation about all the people I look up to as great community builders. Most of them I have met and/or work with every day in the multiple communities in which I participate, but some are just acquaintances who I observe from afar and study in detail. And some I have never met but would love to because they are changing the world in important ways that oftentimes go unrecognized. They teach me. They are international and multi lingual. They are young and old. They cut across many industries and disciplines. Some think big and build globally, but even more think small and organize locally -- and many times that`s even more difficult and more important. Some are famous but most are not. And the common thread tying them together in my mind? They all build communities by contributing to communities. They do. They don`t just talk. That`s the bit they get right, and that`s why they teach so naturally by simply doing what they love. This is personal. That`s why it`s powerful. And that`s why I have to tell these stories. Just looking up to people who build community is not enough. We have to learn from these people and distribute community building opportunities among everyone. That`s the only way a community becomes sustainable.
Saturday Sep 12, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Sep 12, 2009
Some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group (TLUG). Really good technical meeting on Saturday and nomikai later at night. About 50 people came by to hear Zev Blut on using the shell effectively, Alberto Tomita on the upcoming Japan Linux Symposium, and Matthew (Karamoon) on Hackerspaces.
Saturday Jul 25, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Jul 25, 2009
Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
By Jimgris-Oracle on Jul 14, 2009
I have an agenda in mind for my time. It's only a weekend, so I need to probe some issues as deeply as I can. I'd especially like to explore how software engineering and user communities are built across language and cultural barriers. That's the biggest deal for me since I live the issue every day and I believe there are big opportunities involved.
Other stuff: How/why do some communities seem to emerge organically (do they really?), while others are built using significant resources and sometimes face big challenges in the process. How do you manage around community dependence issues while investing resources? I know it's not popular to discuss, but I'll be asking people about competitive challenges they face while building communities. Over the years, many have told me that communities shouldn't be competitive (companies compete and communities cooperate, right?), but I've come to question and largely reject that line. I can point to many cases where it's absolutely true, but I also have lots of painful experience demonstrating that it's a lot of BS (I think it depends greatly on geography, culture, placement in the community, and politics).
More: Where is the line distinguishing building from natural evolution? And who defines the difference? On governance issues: Do you start out building with governance in place or let it emerge naturally over time? Do you build a top-down governing system, or let structures bubble up from the bottom when (and if) they are needed? And how do you resolve governance vs development methodologies? How do you measure growth or quality or whatever else you're building? What are the distinctions between building community from the platform of a major corporation vs building community while actually living out in the community itself? How are community development and engineering operations implemented differently around the world? How is community actually defined differently in various regions? Those are some of the issues I'll be poking.
And finally, I'd really love to see how people feel about the issue of "leadership" in communities. That's the name of the conference, after all, and it's an issue we've wrestled with on OpenSolaris forever. My opinion on leadership has evolved greatly over time, but I'm clearly moving in a specific direction lately and feel much more comfortable asserting my view on leadership.
Saturday Jul 11, 2009
- Tokyo BarCamp 2010: Photos
- BarCamp Tokyo 2010: 4 Days Away
- Photos: Tokyo Make Meeting 05 2010
- Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group: May 2010
- Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group 2010.04
- OpenSolaris Night Seminar 041610
- Tokyo Linux User Group 041610
- Sun Japan
- Tokyo Linux User Group 041010
- OpenSolaris DTrace @ Yokohama Linux UG
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