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.

Saturday Oct 16, 2004

Looking Glass: Innovation from the Edge

Love this line from an article here on Project Looking Glass:

Operating on the assumption that the next user interfaces would be 3D, [Hideya Kawahara] initiated a side project that would consume at least two hours a day of his spare time, plus most of his weekends and holidays for more than a year before taking hold at Sun.

You mean, Project Looking Glass didn't come out of a staff meeting? Shocking. Nope. Innovation comes from the edge. Where passion grows. Always has, always will.

Tuesday Jun 29, 2004

JavaOne: Looking Glass goes GPL

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.



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