Monday Dec 17, 2007

Bangalore, Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai

I've been thinking a lot about the four cities I visited in the last couple of months for Sun Tech Days China and FOSS.IN -- Bangalore, Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai. There are many differences, of course, since these cities live in two vastly different countries here in Asia. But there are also some key items that are identical. The OpenSolaris communities in those cities are young and active and reaching out to the rest of the world, and their perspective is overwhelmingly positive. And the same can be said for the Sun engineering teams participating in community building activities there. Such a breath of fresh air. And such a privilege to be working with these guys.

Saturday Nov 03, 2007

OpenSolaris Day Beijing

Here are some pics from OpenSolaris Day in Beijing. It was a long day, but we had a nice turnout on a Saturday with about 180 people. It was great to see the Beijing OpenSolaris User Group for the final session, and it was great fun giving away the Ultra20 to Baojian Chang, a kernel developer in Beijing.

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All pics from OpenSolaris in China here.

Saturday Oct 27, 2007

OpenSolaris University World Tour: Nanjing

Today we went to Nanjing University for a really cool time with over 400 university students. Lots of conversations about OpenSolaris technology, community-building, and Project Indiana. And a bunch of Chinese conversation that passed right over my head.

Special thanks to John Jiang for running this event today. John had quite a problem on his hands last night. He got a call over dinner alerting him that the event was over booked by 200 students! Nice problem to have, eh? Anyway, some quick -- and resourceful -- thinking and he found a second venue. Then he split up our team so we could cover two locations, so we ended up engaging more than 600 students in total today. Wild. The scale of the OpenSolaris operation here is impressive the say the very least.

A couple of things blew me away about today: the students really asked some advanced questions about OpenSolaris, which means they are starting to understand things in depth and that means the information is starting to resonate. Also, they were very animated and interactive as well. The language barriers are still there, but on this trip I've really started to see significant improvement. Also, many students stopped me in the hall after my talk and asked how they can participate and contribute. Their boldness and excitement is palpable, and it's very encouraging. Also cool to see is John's Java application enabling the audience to give live feedback using their cell phones with the data displayed on the screen, which, of course, generates a lot of active participation (and shouting and laughter, too).

Below are some images from the Nanjing event with presentations from Sin-Yaw Wang, John Jiang, Liang Ye, and me as well as the ACM/ICPC programming contest event earlier in the day.

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OpenSolaris in Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing on Flickr.

Friday Oct 26, 2007

OpenSolaris Day Shanghai

Some shots from OpenSolaris Day in Shanghai yesterday. Special congrats to Kevin Wu for winning the Ultra20 computer at the end of the day. It was a long day but great fun. I presented an overview of OpenSolaris and we had talks from Scott Tracy, Leland Chen, Eric Yu, Max Zhen, Jarrett Lu, Xinfeng Liu, and the Shanghai OpenSolaris User Group.

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OpenSolaris Days at Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing 2007. Photo set on Flickr.

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Intel OpenSolaris Engineering in Shanghai

The Intel OpenSolaris engineering team treated me to a nice dinner tonight in Shanghai. It was such a pleasure hanging out with these guys. We had some great conversations about OpenSolaris and how to work more effectively in the open around the world. Some of the engineers have a lot of experience in the Linux community, so I expect they'll be able to help us in some areas as they simultaneously all become experts in OpenSolais kernel development. Oh, and if you forget your root password on your laptop (like I did), there's no better place to have dinner, that's for sure.

So, anyway, meet the Intel OpenSolaris engineering team in Shanghai: Allen Lu, Aubrey Li, Chen Zhihui, Li Ting, Borun Fu, Eric Guo, Frank Zhang, Ma Ling, Frank Wang.

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Intel OpenSolaris team on Flickr. 

Wednesday Oct 24, 2007

Tim Bray at Tech Days

Tim Bray talking Web 2.0 at Tech Days this morning.

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Tech Dinner

A nice little tech dinner with the Tech Days team last night.

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Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

OpenSolaris at Intel

I went along with Ian Murdock, Jim Walker, and John Jiang to meet the Intel engineering team outside Shanghai today. Special thanks to our Intel host Frank Wang for showing us around.

Intel has an impressive Linux engineering operation here in China, so it's great to have them involved in OpenSolaris as well. Ian presented OpenSolaris to the group, which was very helpful to hear as we get closer to the upcoming developer preview release of the binary distribution. Frank will be presenting about Intel and OpenSolaris tomorrow at Tech Days, so I'll have to stop by and catch up on my Chinese.

Very cool day. Even the near death driving experiences dodging the cars and bicycles and pedestrians all mixing on the highways of Shanghai. Driving is interesting here. The traffic is one thing, but this concept of effortlessly poking in on the other side of the road into oncoming traffic is another thing altogether. It seems the lines painted on the roads are mere suggestions. Wild.

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See the Intel OpenSolaris project here.
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