Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Tokyo Open Source Conference: Photos

I went to the Tokyo Open Source Conference today. This is a semi-annual, two day event usually drawing about 2,000 attendees and people from open source communities around Japan. The OpenSolaris community was there, of course, with some engineers and a community presentation from Masafumi Ohta on his EeePC work. I also had the great opportunity to meet Joe Brockmeier and some community members from openSUSE. Joe presented about the openSUSE community, its history and governance, and some of the new technologies coming out in the next release of the distribution. Very cool. And, of course, I walked around meeting other people and taking pictures. Great fun.

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Tokyo Open Source Conference Tokyo Open Source Conference

Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

Kicking a Puppy

Red Hat In Boston, Part 2.3: openSUSE And Openness, Period: "On Sun re: OpenSolaris: 'They're 10 years too late to create a community [around OpenSolaris]. I hate to say anything about about a free Unix because I feel like I'm kicking a puppy, but on the other hand I'm very disappointed that they can't just bite the bullet and participate in Linux. The work that's done for Solaris is done only for Solaris. And if you're a customer, do you really want to adopt an open source OS where the only real vendor option is Sun? It's great to work with Sun in community projects where Sun is an equal member, but not as much fun to work in a community that is controlled by Sun.'" -- Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE.

Interesting comments.

At first I was disappointed to read this coming from a community guy and all, but then I slapped myself silly. I know better. I've been doing this for a while now. People in this business (any business, really) attack for basically two reasons: (1) they are afraid that someone smaller than them may grow up and kick their butt, or (2) they are small and want to pick a fight with a big guy to get attention. There are other reasons, but those are the biggies.

Anyway, if you read this article in its entirety, that paragraph up there on OpenSolaris really sticks out. One wonders what the real context was because it doesn't really fit the piece that well. Regardless, the bit about the "work done for Solaris is done only for Solaris" doesn't make sense since there are things in OpenSolaris now that are not even in Solaris yet. Anyone with any knowledge about OpenSolaris knows this. And those ZFS and DTrace bits now living nicely in BSD/MacOS also don't fit the attack that well, too. I think we have a few distros out there now, as well. Not as many as Linux, surely, but our technology is starting to spread, and that's great. But the "10 years too late to create a community" is the real kicker. To accept that statement is to believe that tiny little markets like China and India and Brazil and Russia are fully developed and there's no room for another operating system, no room for another community. Just no room. Wrong. And obviously so.

Whatever. I run MacOS at home and it's great. I run OpenSolaris at work and at home and it's great (nascent though it is). I also run Linux (Ubuntu) at work and at home, too. In fact, I have more and more respect for the technology in Linux (what I can understand, anyway, being a non-techie myself), and I regularly learn from Linux guys about community building issues. I'm also proud of all of the software Sun has contributed to the FOSS community that runs on Linux and helps make Linux successful around the world. I haven't tried openSUSE yet and I don't know much about the community, so I really can't comment on that -- other than I've heard great things about both. More from Patrick.

Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

OpenSolaris on C1 GNU/Linux Panel

Well, it seems it's more than just a panel, eh? Barton has all the details -- GNU/Linux Distro Smack Down! Only at CommunityOne. Should be a lot of fun.

Update: Here are the guys from the panel last week:

OpenSolaris at CommunityOne

Karsten Wade, Fedora; Barton George, Sun (moderator); Glynn Foster, OpenSolaris; Jono Bacon, Ubuntu; Zonker Brockmeier, OpenSUSE.

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