Sunday May 23, 2010

Photos: Tokyo Make Meeting 05 2010

Here are about 90 images from the Tokyo Make Meeting 05 2010 this weekend at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama Campus. I saw a bunch of guys from the OpenSolaris, Linux, and Java communities and also the crew from Tokyo Hackerspace. Great fun. Lot of interesting hacking going on in Tokyo, and everyone I spoke with said the community is growing in size, diversity, and quality.

See Make on Twitter here. See Make Magazine here. Also related from the past: Tokyo Hackerspace, O’Reilly Make Tokyo 04 2009, Tokyo BarCamp 2009, Yokohama BarCamp 2009. And don’t forget to participate at BarCamp Tokyo 2010 next week on Saturday May 29th!

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Here are 320 more images from Tokyo Make 05 2010 from Lem Fugitt (Robots-Dreams).

Saturday May 22, 2010

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group: May 2010

A few shots from the Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group 2010.05 today …

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Friday Apr 23, 2010

Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group 2010.04

A few shots from the Tokyo OpenSolaris Study Group earlier today. About 40 people came by on a nice spring Saturday for the six sessions (three for administrators and three for developers).

Friday Apr 16, 2010

OpenSolaris Night Seminar 041610

Last nite I went to the OpenSolaris Night Seminar in Tokyo, which is conveniently held just a few floors above my office. Project Crossbow was the main topic of conversation from engineers Mami Sueki and Junko Yoshida, who also received certificates as new OpenSolaris Evangelists (yes, you have to earn your way around here) from Akira Ohsone and Shoji Haraguchi. The talks were streamed live and Shoji recorded everything so check his YouTube page in a few days for the video.

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Friday Mar 19, 2010

OpenSolaris IPS Tokyo 031910

Here are a few images from the OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar on IPS tonight in Yoga. I could only stay for a few minutes, but it was nice to see around 50 people stop by for three sessions on the new packaging system in the OpenSolaris operating system.

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Sunday Mar 14, 2010

Meeting the Russians

I had a really nice conversation with Vladimir Legeza and the Moscow OpenSolaris User Group via Skype late last night. Great fun. Hopefully, I can get to Russia some day. My favorite image here. Set here.  

Massive DTrace Day Coming to Tokyo

The Japanese OpenSolaris Community will be hosting a massive DTrace Day on Saturday, March 27th in Yoga. Meeting details are here in Japanese and here in English. Directions with photos are here in Japanese and English. There will be two rooms to hold the six sessions. All talks will be on DTrace and everything will be in Japanese. A nomikai will follow (of course). Developers working on all operating systems platforms are welcome.

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kato dtrace zfs japanIn my job I meet a lot of interesting engineers. That’s why I like what I do. I don’t really get the technology that deeply, but I do very much find the people fascinating. It’s the people who build communities. It’s the people who create history.

Anyway, one character I know here in Tokyo is Hisayoshi Kato (blog, twitter). He’s a core developer in the Japan OpenSolaris community. He’ll be presenting DTrace at the Yokohama Linux User Group (YLUG) Monday night March 29th (and don’t forget DTrace Day on the 27th at the OpenSolaris User Group). If you know Japanese and you want to know DTrace, you should go to these presentations. Everyone is welcome.

Kato-san presented DTrace at the Tokyo Linux User Group a while back, and he’s done technical talks at many FOSS conferences and user groups meetings throughout Japan. He also knows a bunch about ZFS, too. He’s a co-author of this book on ZFS, which is an original work in Japanese. And finally, if you are are going to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco in April, you may bump into Kato-san there as well. Hopefully, he’ll be able to meet up with some OpenSolaris guys in the Bay Area during the Linux conference.

Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

Moscow OpenSolaris User Group Meeting

I am looking forward to doing a quick video conference call next week with the guys in the Moscow OpenSolaris User Group. It will be at 2:30 in the morning for me, so I think I will make it a quick chat. Meeting details here. MOSUG info here. Special thans to Vladimir Legeza for the invite. Hopefully, some day I will be able to get to Russia. Never been. Always wanted to go.

Tuesday Mar 09, 2010

OpenSolaris Community Growth in Japan

The Japanese OpenSolaris community continues to grow. It's now the 3rd largest community in the OpenSolaris world following the Spanish and Indian communities, it's the 3rd most active, and Tokyo is the #1 city outside the United States for sending traffic to opensolaris.org. The community in Japan also continues to diversify as well with general users mixing with kernel developers and globalization engineers. In fact, this diversity is driving the need to run concurrent sessions for beginners and advanced developers and users at community events.

There are multiple parts to the community in Japan:

There is a lot going on. I try to track what I can at this tag.

Saturday Mar 06, 2010

New Website Files for Localization

Ales posted some updated application resource files to be localized for auth.opensolaris.org and repo.opensolaris.org. The auth application is already deployed and translated into 25 languages, so it will be great to expand on those community contributions. But there will be an entirely new version of the SCM Console deployed at repo.opensolaris.org later this month (the live version is not localized yet), so we are looking forward to releasing that application in as many languages as possible. Information on contributing to the website localization project.  

Thursday Feb 25, 2010

4 OpenSolaris Sessions at Tokyo OSC

The OpenSolaris community plans four sessions at the Tokyo Open Source Conference on Friday and Saturday. See announcements from Shoji and Masafumi and Reiko Saito, who also posted her slides. These sessions will involve not only dives into the technology, such as ZFS and new features in the OpenSolaris distribution, but also how to contribute localizations and get involved in the community generally. There will be a booth, so stop by and get some CDs and shirts and other stuff. If you miss the conference, you can catch up with things in March when we'll have more community events at the Sun Yoga office. A Linux technical meeting is planned for the 13th, and then there will be 3 sessions of OpenSolaris later in the month on the 27th.

Reminder: Verify OpenSolaris Accounts

Reminder: when we moved from the old tonic database to the new auth.opensolaris.org application for account management, all users had to verify their accounts on the new system. That involved logging in, following a couple of prompts, and saving. That's it. Painless. Multiple mails were sent to everyone. But, as is human nature, a few people have still not validated their accounts. So, if you haven't verified your account on the new system, you are now in the Inactive state and that means you won't be able to log in or put back code or vote or post to the forums or edit the site. Just ping website-admin at opensolaris dot org and we'll reset your account. That's a private list, by the way, and we have people in the US, Europe, and Asia managing user accounts so mails only sit on that list for a very short period of time.

Here are more contacts for OpenSolaris Help.

Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

OpenSolaris Lightning: Tokyo Dev Summit

Masafumi Ohta, Hiroshi Chonan, and Hisayoshi Kato did a lightning talk about the Japan OpenSolaris Community at the Tokyo Developers Summit. Japanese video. Good photos. :) 

Contributing to OpenSolaris & XWiki

This is very cool. Robert Antoni, who is a contributor in the OpenSolaris Internationalization & Localization Community, posted mail to website-discuss and i18n-discuss about a really interesting contribution. He localized the XWiki application resources file into the Catalan language. So after that contribution is integrated into XWiki, we'll be able to pick it up when we update our implementation of XWiki as well. And that will help the OpenSolaris community localize opensolaris.org into Catalan. So, both communities benefit from Robert's contribution. Really excellent.

Auth is already available in the Catalan language, and the new SCM Console will be as well when we deploy sometime in March. It will be good to have the underlying XWiki interface localized as well.

More information about contributing:

Monday Feb 22, 2010

A New OpenSolaris Voting Application

To make formal voting on the OpenSolaris project painfully easy, Bill Rushmore has been updating the voting application and he deployed the new version today. Voters will no longer need SSH keys since poll is now integrated with the auth database, and voting will be done via a new web front end with encryption so the command line is no longer necessary. Those were the two main complaints previously. So, now voters can just go to poll.opensolaris.org, click on a poll (if you are not logged in the system will prompt you to log in), and then point/click on a ballot. Easy.

Poll will be available to current Core Contributors (see recent audit and database clean up mail) for testing for one week. I updated the website project's announcements and roadmap pages. Here is information on all the 15 applications that make up opensolaris.org.

Friday Feb 12, 2010

Updating the OpenSolaris Participation Page

I'm starting to update the Participation page on opensolaris.org by adding context and pointers to Communities, Projects, User Groups, and Subsites that have published contribution documents. In other words, if you run any kind of group in OpenSolaris and take contributions, I'd like to build out a collection of links so we have one place to send people who are new or who may want to review a variety of ways to get involved. It's quite common to trip over new groups in this community that take contributions that I've never even heard of, so from time to time I intentionally go out looking for this information. And since the OpenSolaris community is distributed across many websites and social networks around the world, I'd like to attempt to collect more ways to contribute that are off of opensolaris.org. But the requirement is focused on contributing. I'm not interested in a massive list of spaces (we already have a million of them), I'm only interested in groups that encourage people to contribute directly to a given project. Send mail to jimgris at sun dot com and I'll update the page if I get some good links.

Tuesday Feb 09, 2010

Tokyo2Point0 020810

I went to the Tokyo2Point0 event last night. There were 250 people there with another 150 online, so it was a packed time for sure. Really nice to catch up with a bunch of people. I haven’t been to one of these events in many months. Just been too busy. It was also to good to see Michael Sullivan do a short talk on OpenSolaris as well.

Friday Feb 05, 2010

OpenSolaris Rocks Serbia

Here is a nice example from Serbia demonstrating the value of building a local OpenSolaris community. It can lead to some very interesting organizations paying very close attention to what you are doing. Congrats, guys! Some of the OpenSolaris User Groups are doing some really interesting work out there, and they are contributing to the overall community in a very big way.

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