Friday Apr 16, 2010
Saturday Apr 10, 2010
Monday Mar 29, 2010
By jimgris 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 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 on Mar 14, 2010
By jimgris 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 on Mar 14, 2010
Thursday Feb 25, 2010
By jimgris 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 on Jul 25, 2009
Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
By jimgris 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
Monday Jul 06, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 06, 2009
Last month there was an interesting thread developing on ogb-discuss about the lessons learned from the Townhall session at CommunityOne. The conversation died pretty quickly, though, which was a shame. I think it could have led to some good issues being explored.
In a couple of posts in the discussion, I talked about Jono Bacon`s Ubuntu session I attended at C1 and what OpenSolaris could learn from the Linux community in general (actually, we are already learning even if many people don`t realize it yet). I was trying to promote the notion that the OpenSolaris community ought to take on more community building responsibilities and not depend on Sun so much. That was in response to an observation that the "community" was somewhat lacking at CommunityOne. That may be true to a certain degree. C1 was a large event run by a company, for the most part, but it was intended to benefit the community. Let`s take it. It was a gift. I think that too may people are too quick to look to Sun for everything, which is not realistic and only leads to disappointment because expectations are simply too high.
Sun is doing its part (opening code, funding development operations and global community building programs, running conferences, hosting infrastructure, moving engineers outside, etc), but the community shouldn`t expect Sun to build the entire community at all levels, and that`s the impression I get sometimes from some of our list conversations. I have said that the community needs to assert more of its own community building role for four years now, but it never really resonates on list. I`m not sure why. Maybe I`m just wrong, but I think it`s painfully obvious. Just hang out a bit with the Linux community and you see many layers of communities with no single company in the center responsible for building everything. There are many companies and organizations and universities and individuals, and the attitude is very different. And there is no reason why OpenSolaris can`t grow in that direction as well. In fact, it`s already happening. Companies and large organizations are getting involved, and there are elements in the community that are asserting their role as builders beyond Sun -- the user groups. The OSUGs are helping to diversify community building functions because many of them are now running their own events (in addition to their normal meetings, I mean), and they are growing in their own ways without Sun necessarily being directly involved. This is a model on which we should expand.
Building the OpenSolaris community needs to be everyone`s responsibility and everyone`s opportunity, and it needs to be distributed as widely as possible. This is what we are doing in Tokyo, by the way.
Friday Jul 03, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 03, 2009
I hope to check out three community events in Tokyo in the next week or so:
The timing is good, too. Canon called. They fixed my lens.
Saturday Jun 27, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 27, 2009
I already hang out with the Tokyo Linux User Group (here, here), so I hope to attend this event in October.
Friday Jun 12, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 12, 2009
I've been thinking that it might be an interesting time to do a little kernel conference for OpenSolaris, Linux, and the BSDs right here in Tokyo. Get everyone together. See what happens. What the heck.
We could hold the event right at the Sun office on the 27th floor just like BarCamp back in May. We already hold the Tokyo Linux User Group meetings here and get about 40 people each time, we hold OpenSolaris meetings and get about 40 people (and about 100 for formal product launches), and BarCamp drew 100 people from multiple communities. That`s basically where I got the idea from -- and, of course, watching James C. McPherson put together his kernel conference in Australia. So, I wonder what would happen if we organized a day long conference specifically to bring together developers and community members from the key open source operating systems in an informal, un-conference format? I wonder what technology and community building bits we could all share together? I bet we could attract 150 top guys from Tokyo, and I bet we'd make quite an impression in the process. And I think there is more than enough talent right here to pull it off without having to call in people from the U.S. or Europe (although they'd certainly be welcome to come and participate, of course).
Just kicking this idea around ...
Tuesday May 26, 2009
By jimgris on May 26, 2009
Saturday May 09, 2009
Sunday May 03, 2009
Thursday Apr 30, 2009
By jimgris on Apr 30, 2009
The agenda is all set for the next Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting.
It's Saturday May 9th. It's right here at Sun's office in Yoga on the
27th floor. Shoji and I will be there. And after the meeting we'll go
out for some beers, of course. These meetings are generally very well
attended with 45 or so people. There are usually two main talks and
sometimes a third short talk stuffed in there as well. Then there is an
auction to raise money for the group (for hosting services, etc), so
people are always bringing stuff to, well, auction off. And speakers
drink free after the meeting, too. Good all around. Great group of
guys. Stop by. All open communities welcome. To get a feel for these meetings, check out the many TLUG photos I keep at this tag right here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tlug
Tuesday Apr 14, 2009
By jimgris on Apr 14, 2009
Images from Tokyo2Point0 the other night. It was the biggest T2P0 event I`ve been to so far. About 170 people, 10 talks, Web 2.0 developers and entrepreneurs from the international community. Nice to see a lot of Linux guys there and some OpenSolaris guys as well. It`s great to mix communities. I could really use that 1.2 right about now, though. Need a bigger hole in my camera. I`m still shooting at 800 and 1600. Too much grain.
Thursday Mar 12, 2009
By jimgris on Mar 12, 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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