Sunday Jul 06, 2008

Moving Faster

It's great to some of the core open development issues really starting to heat up now. You can hear Tim Cramer, Stephen Hahn, and Dave Miner talk about these projects at the OpenSolaris Community Strategy Planning Meeting (slides and audio). At the 21:35 minute mark of the audio, which is slide 6 in the deck, you'll hear Tim talk about the movement of kernel development (gate and tools) to Mercurial and then outside the firewall. See the preliminary schedule and the SCM migration project here and here for more details. Anyway, back to the call: lots of install from Dave and lots of packaging from Stephen. Good stuff. I slept through this meeting, so I'm glad it's all online.

Sunday May 11, 2008

Inside the Image Packaging System

Stephen Hahn, Bart Smaalders, and Danek Duvall talk about the new OpenSolaris Image Packaging System that enables users and developers to get the software they need when they need it. IPS is also a new tool for community growth as developers around the world build and maintain packages and contribute the software to the network repository. To contribute, go to the IPS project.

Monday Apr 07, 2008

Murdock on IPS

Barton George interviews Ian Murdock on the upcoming release of OpenSolaris -- OpenSolaris: A Sneak Peak with Ian Murdock. In the interview, Ian walks us through a demo of the new Image Packaging System (IPS). It's so easy even I can do it. And I did. Go get the OpenSolaris Developer Preview and try it out.

I find myself going to Barton's blog more and more often these days. Lots of great clips up there. 

Thursday Oct 18, 2007

IPS in the Press

Sun tries to flex R&D muscle with homegrown package manager: "Sun, however, thinks it's going past today's Linux package managers by having IPS tap into fancy bits of Solaris. For example, IPS can use Sun's ZFS file system to let users rollback to a previous version of the operating system if an upgrade goes wrong." -- The Register.

Sounds very cool. All about IPS here and here.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Indiana Press

Some nice press coverage starting to flow about the upcoming binary release of OpenSolaris that will include new package management software:
This is all very welcome news, and I have a feeling there will be a lot more coverage in the coming months about all the open source projects.

For me, open source offers the opportunity for individuals to benefit as well as the entire community. Simon Phipps sums that thought in a quote in the InfoWorld article: "Contributions are given back to the community to enrich everyone, like the craft guilds of the Middle Ages, he said. 'This has been called communism by some speakers. It's been called a cancer on society by others. I would suggest to you that this is more like capitalism, it is more like a connected capitalism where people synchronize their self interests so that they are collaborating together.'"

Sunday Sep 02, 2007

The Community is the Key

Sun: Coders key to Solaris' rise: "Williams is impressed by the community that's already grown up around OpenSolaris. "It's the most productive community I've ever been a part of," he said, with a posted query drawing 4 to 5 informed responses within an hour from both third parties and Sun engineers. Sun's approach to open source is "very mature and adult," Williams added, largely because Sun engineers are used to fielding customers' questions and know it's important to respond rapidly." -- Jason Williams, CTO and COO of DigiTar.

It's great reading comments recognizing the OpenSolaris community. Not the technology. Not the company. But the people who make up this nascent community around the world and who have been working to build the community all along. Community building takes time. It takes time to reach critical mass. It takes time whether it happens organically or via organizational resources from companies and/or foundations. And we've been at it for a while with OpenSolaris. Four years, in fact. That's how far back the planning started. Very few people realize that and very few know the full history. But I'm excited to see the community start to move to the center of the conversation around OpenSolaris. That's really what we had planned all along.

Another interesting bit from this article is way at the end. Solaris Marketing VP, Marc Hamilton, hinted at discussions with OEMs to further expand the market for OpenSolaris technology. That, too, will help the community grow significantly -- especially when you are talking about mega deals with Intel and IBM. That's an entirely new area for OpenSolaris, and it's very cool to see coming to fruition.

So, we have a community growing not only in size with individuals contributing code and companies contributing code but also with users running the code. Growth is now occurring in all areas, and that will only increase as work progresses on the university programs, the conference programs, and the core engineering projects around SCM, DTS, install, packaging, Indiana, and many others.

Saturday Sep 01, 2007

pkg: A Series

Stephen Hahn's series on packaging:
More on the way.

Monday Jul 30, 2007

An Evening of Heavy Drinking

I love great quotes. Here's one from Ars at Ubuntu Live: Sun's booth in the exhibit hall: "I'm sure the folks from Sun were taking notes at Ubuntu Live and gaining some insight into the Ubuntu community-building process. Sun had a pretty strong presence at the conference. They even hosted a party with free beer, which is a pretty good strategy for Sun, because an evening of heavy drinking is probably the only thing that could make a current Ubuntu user think that installing OpenSolaris on a personal computer is a good idea at this point. We can only hope that Project Indiana will close the gap and make OpenSolaris a stronger choice for the desktop." -- Ryan Paul

So, it takes getting really drunk before you'd think if putting Solaris Express (Sun's distro of OpenSolaris) or any of the other four OpenSolaris-based distros on a laptop? Oh, it's not that bad, my goodness. :) If I can install Solaris Express than that means we've made gigantic headway because I know next to nothing about Unix technology. And things are improving (here, here, here) all the time. I have Ubuntu on one of my laptops, and it's quite nice, no question about it. But being open for just 25 months, I'd say we're doing quite nicely, too. Have people forgotten that?

Great quote, though ....
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