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Monday Oct 08, 2007
By jimgris on Oct 08, 2007
James C. McPherson talks about his work with Jason King "to integrate his clean-room re-implementation of libdisasm for SPARC" -- Opening up OpenSolaris just a little bit more. I really like how James concluded his post: "I expect that there will be a few follow up putbacks as people find edge cases, but the great thing about this putback is that \*you\* can make those changes if you want. You don't have to depend on Sun doing it for you. Thank you Jason -- you've helped make OpenSolaris more open."
Cool. That's also the first piece of encumbered code replaced by a contributor on OpenSolaris, and that brings us to 187 putbacks via the request-sponsor program. Very nice.
Wednesday Sep 12, 2007
By jimgris on Sep 12, 2007
By "internal sponsor" Simon is referring to the OpenSolaris Request Sponsor Program: info here, list here, forum here, tracking tables here.
Initially, the program was created by John Beck and managed by Bonnie Corwin to support the OS/Net consolidation, but it's been expanding to include other consolidations as well. It's a manual and interim step for OpenSolaris to enable us to take code contributions, educate external community members about internal development processes, and create new engineering relationships on opensolaris.org. The program was also necessary since it was impossible to open all the source code and all development tools and all development precesses all at once. The opening of Solaris quite literally has had to be a phased approach.
The main OpenSolaris kernel source code management gate is still internal to Sun, but that will move across the firewall after first moving off of Teamware and on to Mercurial. The website already supports Mercurial as well as Subversion, and projects are already using both. See the SCM Migration Project and the SCM section of the Tools Community for more details.
Request Sponsor is a simple process, really. Community members offer code, and Sun engineers work with those contributors on testing, code reviews, and ARC cases and then they do the final integrations. Currently, there are 26 sponsor requests waiting for engineering assignments, 92 in progress with sponsors assigned, and 181 final integrations. All the community members and sponsors and the data involved is tracked in a table on the site, including the ARC cases. Many of the putbacks have been bug fixes, but many are substantial fixes and many include substantial new contributions -- including ksh93 and the first putbacks form the Intel project.
The Request Sponsor Program will continue even after the main gate moves external, though, since the opening of these development tools will take time, and there will still be some internal dependencies initially (such as the RTI tool and bug database). In fact, at least initially, the Request Sponsor Program could well evolve into a mentor program.
For me the best thing about the Request Sponsor Program is that it's been a quiet performer all along underneath all the noise around OpenSolaris. The list is low traffic. There are no flames. And the people are doing the best they can with the tools that they have. Sure, things get backed up from time to time, but the bottom line is that code is being offered and it's being integrated. And it's great to see some press about it.
Sunday May 28, 2006
By jimgris on May 28, 2006
Thanks for the kind thoughts, Peter. You and the other code contributors have earned your way, and we expect this trend to continue and hopefully increase.
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Friday May 26, 2006
By jimgris on May 26, 2006
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