Thursday Mar 05, 2009
Tuesday Feb 10, 2009
By jimgris on Feb 10, 2009
Sunday Feb 08, 2009
By jimgris on Feb 08, 2009
An interesting read about how OpenSolaris was evaluated and implemented in this storage environment.
Saturday Jan 10, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 10, 2009
Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting and nomikai tonight ...
Wednesday Jan 07, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 07, 2009
Tuesday Dec 23, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 23, 2008
Another review of OpenSolaris 2008.11 from someone new to the system. And, of course, I`m combining the beginning and ending of Sean`s post. Lots of details in the middle to read at the link. These experiences from new guys are very helpful, and I really enjoy reading them. I get a sense that although we as a community have a lot of work to do we are at least working on the right track.
By jimgris on Dec 23, 2008
And small steps can make a very big difference. Ask Toyota. I think we are all pretty psyched about Toshiba shipping our stuff on their laptops. All projects are a series of steps. We ported Solaris 10 to x86/x64. We opened the code. We are opening infrastructure and building community. Then some companies showed up. Some distributions formed. Universities began teaching. Developers began contributing. User groups are still growing. And now laptops will ship. I missed a few steps in there but you get the point. One step at a time.
Wednesday Dec 17, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 17, 2008
War? Why must we use such extreme terminology? Sorry, Dana, I just don’t see it. Sure there are political pissing matches from time to time, but they are largely dumb and easily undermined. And actually, where you see a war lost I see two sides just hanging out and talking. In Tokyo. In Beijing. In Prague. Perspective matters a great deal. There are more things happening out there that are more important than conflict.
By jimgris on Dec 17, 2008
I don't know what the party reference is all about, but the too late commentary is about four years old now. Yet we still go about building community, products, and infrastructure. I think we fell behind on the infrastructure part, but the community is clearly coming along, and the main distro is earning its way from an engineering perspective as well. Warts and all, it's really quite good for its relatively young age. And as far as the "grandiose plan of replacing Linux" is concerned, I still haven't seen it. People talk and some are competitive with Linux (which is fine, by the way), but the vast majority of plans we are implementing are designed to build community, products, and infrastructure to grow the project organically. One thing I do agree with in the quote above, though, is that we are attracting new developers (and uses, too). Jones' position on that part is exactly what I've been saying for four years -- Linux will grow but so will we. I've never moved from that view. Yes, people will go back and forth but that's a side show. Although we are still a small community compared to Linux, we are indeed making progress in our own way. I do a lot of work in emerging markets, and it's easy to see that we are reaching new people now. It's probably too early to show up in massively big business metrics in the West, but that's what early project management is all about. You work in the dark for a long time. I've seen this repeated in multiple industries now.
So, is it too late to catch Linux? I'm not sure it matters much in that context. It's a big world, and there is room for all of us to fit. We simply have too much work to do learning from Linux in some areas where they are strong, focusing on some of our clear advantages in other areas, transforming the existing Solaris base into an open community, and reaching out to new users and developers who have never even heard of us. It's not too late. Not by a long shot. I just don't view projects from that perspective.
Friday Dec 12, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 12, 2008
Friday Dec 05, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 05, 2008
Sunday Nov 09, 2008
By jimgris on Nov 09, 2008
Saturday Nov 08, 2008
Tuesday Oct 28, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 28, 2008
There is so much to say about that quote. I think it's anti-intuitive for many people, which is probably why many miss it. But what I love is that it's just liberating. If this is true, and if much of Toyota's success is based on everyone being responsible for innovation, then I find that inspiring. Empowering. It means that innovation is not exclusive. It's not necessarily only locked inside the special people with big names, big titles, big brains, big megaphones, or big salaries. How utterly democratic. That's not at all how innovation is generally characterized, though. Be careful what you read.
So, will the American auto companies eventually get this? I think they will. It's cool to see Ford getting back into the quality game -- Ford gains on Toyota -- the Toyota way -- now so things may be changing. This bit about companies trying to leverage the Toyota manufacturing system is really interesting to me. It seems difficult to implement because it's such a different way of thinking, but extreme circumstances are also efficient focusing mechanisms. People get back to basics because they have no choice. That's where Toyota's system came from, actually -- a group of people who built a company during difficult times.
As soon as I read these new links (thanks for the pointers, Chris), I thought about how the Toyota production system is open source, basically, and how leading FOSS developers embrace the very same principles of incremental improvement. Just see Linus Torvalds here and here for one obvious and high profile example, but any reading of open source culture and software development methodologies will bubble up many interesting associations.
Everything tagged Toyota here.
Friday Oct 24, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 24, 2008
- Start: Just start. Decide that you want to
form a little group and get going. Keep it simple. Don't do too much planning initially. Just get
some guys and go to a local pub or coffee shop someplace and talk. That's a
user group. Remember, this is a social exercise first, technical one second. Just my
- Infrastructure: Eventually you should have some sort of
web presence to show your stuff and a mailing list to talk to people.
If you want this infrastructure on opensolaris.org, start here and we'll help you out. Or you can use Google/Yahoo if you like, and if
you have some gear you can always build and host your own site. Also, you can
leverage many of the social networking platforms out there, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Ning.
Many people feel that to have a user group and attract new people they need technical meetings with well-known speakers
right away and that these technical meetings have to occur every month. Why?
Why not every other month? Or once a quarter for tech meetings with
social meetings in between. Don't treat this as a job. Treat
this as fun. Technical meetings naturally grow over time to fulfill a
need, but you have to get together as people first to see what happens.
Who's working on what? Who knows who? Who wants to collaborate on some
has some lessons learned to share? Who else lives in the area?
Whatever. Don't force it. Talk on list and
meet casually till things click, and over time the need for technical meetings
will be obvious.
- Meeting Rooms: If your group does grow into having regular
meetings with presenters and demos and such, you'll need a room. Check with the local universities in your area first. But also talk to
the local tech companies. And maybe some members of your user group can
offer access to their company's offices on a rotating basis on the weekend. Ping Sun,
too, if we are around. We certainly have an interest in seeing
OpenSolaris User Groups thrive, and many groups are hosted at Sun
facilities worldwide anyway. And if you don't have any Sun employees in your
group, this is a good way to get them involved.
- Joint Meetings: As your own meetings mature and as you
reach out to other communities in your area, consider doing some joint
meetings. Get the BSD guys together for a joint OpenSolaris/BSD
session. Or an OpenSolaris/Linux meeting. Or go up the stack and talk
to application developers and web developers. There are many other user
groups and communities out there that you can hang out with to explore technical and
- Audio and Video: Some user groups I've been to or observed
in the OpenSolaris community are recording their meetings to audio
and/or video files for download. Others are streaming. Others offer
conference call numbers for live phone participation. These communication techniques are very
cool because they enable you to reach new people in your local area and
around the world. I live in Japan, but I've called into meetings in
China and the United States, and I've viewed online audio/video content
from India and Prague and elsewhere. All this brings up another point:
local user groups hanging out at local bar are now really international
communities. This was always true to a point, but with easy and
pervasive communication tools you are now local and global. That's cool.
- Size: Don't worry about growing big. Most user groups are
initiated and maintained by a pretty small number of people. That's ok.
Keep it small if you want. Or grow it large. There are no rules. You decide. But
don't feel you have to be this way or that way to be a user group. You
- Consistency: Although size is not that important,
consistency is probably a bigger deal. Try to keep conversations
flowing on list, and if you meet live, try to meet regularly. Some groups meeting monthly and others quarterly. You decide. The frequency of meetings is not as important as the consistency. Momentum
and predictability are important for establishing trust and helping
people get involved.
Try to encourage some diversity. Keep your
group open to everyone in the area. You never know who is connected to
there. Also, part of diversity is to reach out to other groups and
other communities. I'm an OpenSolaris guy, but the Tokyo Linux User
Group welcomed me to their meetings and on their list as soon as I
contacted them. I use Linux, too, but that's not the point. They are
open to everyone. And that's a big deal. This is open source. Be open. Same story with the Tokyo2Point0 community.
Design a t-shirt. A logo. Etc. People love to identify with something
bigger themselves, something doing good, something they love. Leverage this natural feeling
and promote an identity for your group. You don't have to be aggressive
about this, but just be aware that
over time your group will develop a culture. Let it emerge naturally.
- Photography: The camera is one of the
most powerful community-building devices I've ever experienced. It cuts
cleanly through tough culture and language barriers, and the vast
majority of people I've met love to see images of themselves hanging out with
others. I've met thousands of people by taking pictures. So, take pictures.
- Leadership: Although most people like keeping things as casual
and decentralized as possible, someone has to lead from time to time.
Book a meeting room at a university or local company. Send out notices.
Update web pages. Collect money at bars for drinks and food. These are
all activities that require assertions. As your group grows bigger, the
need for clearly identifiable leaders will grow as well. Do you want to
lead? And if you are leading, consider rotating leaders at some point. Give other people a chance.
- Money: Chip in some of your own cash, but don't go wild.
Over time as your group grows, maybe try to raise some money via
auctions. The Tokyo Linux User Group does a great job of this. Also,
poke the local tech companies for some sponsorship dollars. Hey, you
never know. Ask. Use the money for hosting services, trips to
conferences, t-shirts, or any other infrastructure costs. You're not running a business, though. You
don't need lots of money.
Monday Oct 13, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 13, 2008
Saturday Oct 11, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 11, 2008
Since I have an interest in China, I talked a bit about the changes occurring in Chinese technology universities, and especially how students, professors, and administrators are now assertively engaging westerners in English. That was not necessarily true a few years ago in China, and it's not especially true in Japan today so it will be interesting to see where those trends lead in the future. A side note: when I'm in China I talk a lot about what the Japanese are doing to build community here and how they contribute to communities in Japan and around the world (their contributions are substantial but many times difficult to find at first). So the learning can go both ways since both sides have a great deal to offer.
At the event, we also talked
about different communication styles (face-to-face vs online)
among Japanese and American developers. Again, both sides could
do a bit more reaching out to each other in these areas. Americans tend
to be direct and Japanese tend to be indirect, and this very obvious
can lead to some rather interesting situations. Balance is critical. If
you have too many Japanese in a given situation, it's too far skewed to
the Japanese language and thought processes. The opposite is true, too.
you have too many Americans in the room there is too much English and
American thinking going on. You need both to balance things. You should
try to offer
enough communication channels for everyone to participate at some
level, while encouraging the bilingual people to serve as conversation
facilitators reaching out to both sides simultaneously. I think Tokyo2Point0 and the Tokyo Linux User Group
are good examples
of communities who recognize this issue and address it very well. I'm
sure there area
others, too. This is how I'd like to work with the OpenSolaris
community in Japan. If the community is built with an international
focus as its foundation, then it has a good shot at growing large and
Many opinions were shared on the panel and at the nomikai afterwards and they all had validity. No single person has all the answers covering such subtle issues like these, and there is lots of room for humility and opportunity to rule the day. I look forward to the next cross-cultural engineering event in Tokyo. We should meet quarterly to continue these conversations. All posts on cross-cultural engineering will be here.
Thanks to Toshiharu Harada, Edward Middleton, Gosuke Miyashita, Iwasa Takuma, Hiroumi Mitani, and Tomoyuki Sakurai for their participation at the event. And thanks to Shoji Haraguchi for snapping this image.
Friday Oct 10, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 10, 2008
tonight with the Tokyo Linux User Group.
There were guys there from 12 countries. Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, France, Iceland, Australia. And that's normal for this group. It's quite an international crowd, and to me that's part of what makes a healthy community. That's also why I like hanging out with these guys.
Saturday Oct 04, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 04, 2008
Friday Oct 03, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 03, 2008
Nice to see OpenSolaris come up in this interview. Stallman also chimed in on an OpenSolaris conversation a few years ago talking about licensing. I remember that conversation well. Stallman's mail got caught up in the opensolaris-discuss moderator queue (me) since he wasn't subscribed to the list, so I had to approve his messages. Fun.
Tuesday Sep 30, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 30, 2008
On Oct 11th, I'll be at Pasona Tech in Tokyo participating on a panel about cross-cultural engineering.
Should be great fun and very educational as well. I love this topic and I live it every day. We'll explore how
language and cultural issues affect Japanese engineers as they
work and interact with other engineers from around the world. I'll be
talking about my experiences in Japan, China, and India in particular,
but I'll also probe some things I've learned from dealing with
developers across many language and cultural barriers in other regions
on the OpenSolaris project.
Jim Grisanzio 氏
原田 季栄 氏
Edward Middleton 氏
宮下 剛輔 氏
岩佐 琢磨 氏
櫻井 知之 氏
美谷 広海 氏
Sunday Sep 28, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 28, 2008
In general, there are certainly many things to criticize about the OpenSolaris project -- as there are about any project -- but this "death" bit that comes up from time to time seems way over the top, don't you think? I've commented about these issues so many times before I can't even remember, as have many others too. The only thing I'd say about the article is that I'm happy the Linux community is doing well, I think we can still learn a great deal from Linux about how they build community, and I think the real market battle is between all the Unix's and Windows. I hang out with the Linux guys in Tokyo, and I'm now trying to get to know the Linux guys in Beijing. It's great to be part of international groups like these two and others that openly welcome me and anyone who wants to participate. I see BSD guys in these communities. I see Ruby guys. MySQL and PosgresSQL. Java. OpenOffice. NetBeans. Eclipse. Web 2.0. Perl. Creative Commons. Etc. It seems to me that should be the model here -- communities getting together to share ideas about engineering, community development, and open source software.
Meanwhile, on the OpenSolaris project I think things have been looking up for a while now after some rough patches last year. We keep releasing source and binaries and building community around the world. We are also making progress on fixing some of our mistakes as well. See Simon on getting open, Bonnie on contributions, David on build 98, Tim on the future, the SCM project on infrastructure, Chris on the new wiki, Alan on the webapp, the OGB on the reorg, and Sun on Solaris. And there's much more, of course. Some really good stuff going on. It's hardly perfect, sure, but it's certainly far from death. And to all of those people out there doing all this hard work with passion and dedication for the technology and community they love, I'd say some of us are pretty jazzed about the future we are building.
Wouldn't you agree?
Wednesday Sep 24, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 24, 2008
I totally agree. I've been a big fan of the Linux community (communities, actually) for years now, but the more community work I do for OpenSolaris the more I look toward the Linux community for ideas and inspiration. They did this first. They are bigger. We are younger. We can learn. It's that simple. I feel the same way about other communities as well, and I regularly talk with BSD guys (where we partially came from a long time ago) and Mozilla guys and other groups as I pick and poke my way around OpenSolaris. It takes time to build anything of value.
Sunday Sep 21, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 21, 2008
Friday Sep 19, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 19, 2008
But for me and my basic (relatively simple) use patterns the last few updates have been no trouble at all. And if I have trouble the guys on list are very helpful. In fact, many times, if you have a problem you don't even have to ask since you can usually figure it out from the conversations that spin around after each build is released and also from the bugs filed. Contrast this to my first experience installing a pre-release version of Solaris 10 four years ago. It took three hours and I needed the direct -- on keyboard -- help of two smart guys who argued with each other about the best way to do things. Drove me nuts. One of them told me -- in all genuine seriousness -- that my install failed due to bug #whatever and that all I had to do was go get this patch over there on that engineering's machine and compile it and it should (should?) work. The engineers were always very helpful to me, but in that case I just closed the lid and went home and installed Linux (probably Ubuntu). I needed to use my computer immediately, and I didn't want to keep using Windows. And I was too embarrassed to say I had no flipping clue how to go get that patch and do whatever with it. At the time, Linux wasn't that easy either, but at least I could handle it in most cases.
Anyway, that was a long time ago, and OpenSolaris has been a remarkably easy install for well over a year now. But it keeps getting easier. Just a few clicks from a CD on a fresh install, or a few lines typed into a terminal window for an update. Even I can do it. So, although the high end bits in OpenSolaris continue to engage the smartest people in the world running highly complex, mission-critical systems, the operating system can now also engage me as well. Now, I realize that the stated "target market" for the OpenSolaris distribution is pretty smart developers -- and not me -- but the system is evolving so fast that the guys building this thing will soon find that they are running right into people like me all over the place. And there are many millions of me out there. Very cool.
Saturday Sep 13, 2008
Monday Sep 08, 2008
By jimgris on Sep 08, 2008
I share Matt's views on the strength and value of the Linux community. That's what we are working towards for OpenSolaris -- a global community that contributes and thrives.
I don't at all think we'll be a solo act forever, though, and we always knew it would be a solo act initially. But Intel is contributing to the project now, and there are a number of individual contributors on multiple projects from multiple regions around the world. Contributions have been small in number for good reason, though: the project is still young, and we've been slow in getting tools and infrastructure outside to enable open development across the entire project. However, the early participation we clearly see will only increase as the main kernel gate moves outside (some other projects gates are already outside), and as we build out the community package repositories for the OpenSolaris distribution. This way we can engage the community at multiple levels. Globally speaking, though, we are a small community right now. But we are very much moving in the right direction and especially in some emerging markets. We'll earn our way as we go. Wouldn't have it any other way. Linux earned its way over many years, and we should have to do the same.
Tuesday Sep 02, 2008
Friday Aug 08, 2008
Saturday Jul 12, 2008
By jimgris on Jul 12, 2008
I have quite a nice collection for TLUG and related images at this point. Now I have to go back and fill in some names. A project for the next week or so.
- 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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- /Project Management