Earlier today I was thinking about the original "good luck" email I
sent to the OpenSolaris Pilot Community just before we opened the
project in June of 2005. Fortunately, the opensolaris-discuss public
archive actually goes back 9 months before we launched, so this
mail survives in the open and from the other threads you get a glimpse into some of the very
earliest conversations taking place when the project was private. Anyway, what
strikes me is how different the situation was back then, how utterly
conservative we were, and how my thinking has changed as a result of my
experiences all along the way. A day after I sent this email, we
opened. See my opening blog
here, and the
result of that opening announcement here. History. Always
Jim Grisanzio Jim.Grisanzio at
Mon Jun 13 17:27:01 PDT 2005
Hello, OpenSource Pilot Community.
I just wanted to chime in before the fur really flies around here:
Good Luck, and Thank You!
You all deserve Sun's thanks for your efforts and your patience this
year. It should be wild day tomorrow, for sure, so light up those blogs
and start talking, guys. The engineers are leading this launch tomorrow,
make no mistake about it.
Oh, and if you want to bring someone into the program, you \*don't\* have
to call me and sign another f\*\*\*\*\*\* NDA. Just do it. I can't tell you
how happy I am to not have to dig out another NDA. Not that I could read
the damn thing but whatever. It's such a cold way to start a friendly
little conversation, don't you think? Also, I've tried to honor as many
of your requests (and those from internal people) as possible to get
people into the program. We ended up with 145, but quite frankly, dozens
and dozens of developers never made it in due to lack of time or
resources. We even had a dozen Chinese engineers all briefed,
translated, and NDA-signed but couldn't get export control approval in
time. It drove me nuts for three months. I'm more than a bit pissed
about that one.
Anyway, I hope you are happy with the results of what we are all
releasing. The core team here has worked almost non-stop for weeks on
this to get ready for the final push. We wanted to do more, you know
that, but hey, look at where we were last year and look at the potential
tomorrow brings. Also, the OpenSolaris team internally really has been
genuine in their intentions, I can assure you. At times we've not been
as open as we could have been -- we get that -- but I hope you believe
me when I say that many people on the team fought hard on your behalf
all year long. Every time you told us we were full of shit on something
we took it to heart and it went up line. There were a few, ah, heated,
conversations regarding some of the issues that were discussed in the
pilot. We won some and we lost some, but every time we moved a little
closer to our goal of openness. As you've seen, this stuff takes time. I
wish we could have exposed more of that process to you. Next time it
will probably be easier to do that.
As this program has grown it's garnered attention from all across Sun
and from Sun's competitors and supporters. Just recently, I've heard
from executives and engineers traveling to South America and to Asia,
and they report that there \*absolutely\* is massive community interest
out there. Even Wall Street has noticed. Some people are probably a bit
confused since the Solaris community was supposed to be dead by now.
Well, too bad. It's too late. They lost their window of opportunity to
crush us. Our next step is to stay positive and to engage the interest
we know is there, make it tangible, and grow this OpenSolaris community.
In a very real way, you've all been part of something special here.
You've helped change this company and potentially an entire market along
the way. Some people may not know this quite yet, but they'll surely
find out tomorrow. You are some of the most knowledgeable people in the
world about Solaris, and you've help make OpenSolaris a possibility.
Congratulations and we'll see you on the other side.