Saturday Apr 10, 2010

Tokyo Linux User Group 041010

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting earlier this evening …

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Monday Mar 29, 2010

OpenSolaris DTrace @ Yokohama Linux UG

I went to the Yokohama Linux User Group meeting held at Rakuten Inc., in Shinagawa Seaside (far away), earlier tonight to see Hisayoshi Kato and Mikiya Okuno talk about DTrace. There were more than 80 guys there from multiple communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, BSD, MySQL, and others. For more on DTrace, including some Japanese presentations, see the OpenSolaris DTrace Day event from last Saturday in Tokyo.

Sunday Mar 14, 2010

Tokyo Linux User Group 031310

There was an interesting Tokyo Linux User Group Meeting yesterday. We did an Open Space meeting (info here, here, here) to have a free-flowing discussion about the community and what we want to do this year. I took some notes from the conversation and posted them to the list (subscribe here). Basically, we kicked around ideas for technical presentations and how we can structure meetings to enable more types of talks. Also, we want to grow the group, so we’d like to reach out to other communities in Tokyo (and around the world, actually) to see if we can enable some new connections. That’s the part I’m most interested in, and that’ll be my focus as the group’s new vice president (we did a little election today, thanks, guys!). I’m really excited about this. I’ve been participating in TLUG for a few years now, and I want to do a lot more to help the community grow. I missed the nomikai after the meeting because I was up pretty much the entire night before, but I’ll make the next one for sure. Here are some images from the meeting:

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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.

Friday Feb 05, 2010

Building International Communities in Tokyo

Here are two really nice articles in the Japan Times talking about the international tech community in Tokyo:
The articles describe the meta community here, and that's where we OpenSolaris guys hang out. By contributing to the larger community, we've found that the OpenSolaris community here is growing and earning its way right along side everyone else. There are language and culture barriers to overcome, but we all are making a great deal of progress. It's quite common now to find OpenSolaris developers, administrators, and users participating in multiple international communities, which, of course, helps us to learn in return. And the Web 2.0 community is growing in size and diversity as well. Also, since the tech community locally is well connected globally, we can extend our reach around the world by just interacting right here at home. Here's my photo archive as well (mostly Linux & OpenSolaris).

Monday Dec 14, 2009

OpenSolaris: 3 Community Events This Week

Members of the OpenSolaris Community in Japan will be participating in three community events this week Tokyo's Biggest Tech Party Ever (A Charity Event), OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar, and the Tokyo Linux User Group's Technical Meeting & Bonenkai. Should be a pretty busy week to end the year around here. I'll take some images. If you are in the area, stop by. After that I am taking a couple of weeks off -- no email, no cell phone, no Internet, no nothing. Just fresh air.

Saturday Nov 14, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 111409

Some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting and nomikai tonight.

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Many more TLUG photos here.

Friday Oct 23, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group: 15th Anniversary Event

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group 15th Anniversary Event last night in Akihabara.

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My Tokyo Linux User Group archive.

Friday Oct 09, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group: 15th Anniversary Party

The Tokyo Linux User Group will be celebrating 15 years of Linux in Tokyo in a couple of weeks. I`ll be there. If you want to go, see the info here. I have been participating in TLUG for over two years now, and I have learned a great deal -- not only about Linux but also about the FOSS community in Tokyo. And, actually, the Linux community in Tokyo is international, so you are always meeting people from not only here but from all over the place. In any given meeting, you could easily have conversations with guys from a dozen countries. Really interesting group. Friendly. Open. Technical. Diverse.

Saturday Sep 12, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 091209

Some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group (TLUG). Really good technical meeting on Saturday and nomikai later at night. About 50 people came by to hear Zev Blut on using the shell effectively, Alberto Tomita on the upcoming Japan Linux Symposium, and Matthew (Karamoon) on Hackerspaces.

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All of my TLUG photos here on Flickr
All of my TLUG posts tagged here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tlug

Saturday Jul 11, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 071109

A bunch of images from the Tokyo Linux User Group Saturday afternoon and evening. Karamoon on Tokyo Hackerspace, Marty Pauley on security, and Michael Sullivan on ZFS.

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Monday Jul 06, 2009

Community Responsibility and Opportunity

Last month there was an interesting thread developing on ogb-discuss about the lessons learned from the Townhall session at CommunityOne. The conversation died pretty quickly, though, which was a shame. I think it could have led to some good issues being explored.

In a couple of posts in the discussion, I talked about Jono Bacon`s Ubuntu session I attended at C1 and what OpenSolaris could learn from the Linux community in general (actually, we are already learning even if many people don`t realize it yet). I was trying to promote the notion that the OpenSolaris community ought to take on more community building responsibilities and not depend on Sun so much. That was in response to an observation that the "community" was somewhat lacking at CommunityOne. That may be true to a certain degree. C1 was a large event run by a company, for the most part, but it was intended to benefit the community. Let`s take it. It was a gift. I think that too may people are too quick to look to Sun for everything, which is not realistic and only leads to disappointment because expectations are simply too high.

Sun is doing its part (opening code, funding development operations and global community building programs, running conferences, hosting infrastructure, moving engineers outside, etc), but the community shouldn`t expect Sun to build the entire community at all levels, and that`s the impression I get sometimes from some of our list conversations. I have said that the community needs to assert more of its own community building role for four years now, but it never really resonates on list. I`m not sure why. Maybe I`m just wrong, but I think it`s painfully obvious. Just hang out a bit with the Linux community and you see many layers of communities with no single company in the center responsible for building everything. There are many companies and organizations and universities and individuals, and the attitude is very different. And there is no reason why OpenSolaris can`t grow in that direction as well. In fact, it`s already happening. Companies and large organizations are getting involved, and there are elements in the community that are asserting their role as builders beyond Sun -- the user groups. The OSUGs are helping to diversify community building functions because many of them are now running their own events (in addition to their normal meetings, I mean), and they are growing in their own ways without Sun necessarily being directly involved. This is a model on which we should expand.

Building the OpenSolaris community needs to be everyone`s responsibility and everyone`s opportunity, and it needs to be distributed as widely as possible. This is what we are doing in Tokyo, by the way.

Friday Jul 03, 2009

Upcoming Events: Linux, OpenSolaris, Web 2.0

I hope to check out three community events in Tokyo in the next week or so:

- 7/10: OpenSolaris User Group: ZFS and OpenSolaris Security
- 7/11: Tokyo Linux User Group: Network Security and ZFS
- 7/13: Tokyo2Point0: Cloud Computing and Lightning Talks

The timing is good, too. Canon called. They fixed my lens.

Saturday Jun 27, 2009

Japan Linux Symposium: Tokyo, October 2009

It's excellent to see the 9th Annual Linux Kernel Summit and the 1st Annual Japan Linux Symposium coming to Tokyo in October. Check out this language from the LF website: "The Japan Linux Symposium will be the showcase Japan and Asia Pacific conference for The Linux Foundation." Showcase. This is significant. The Japanese may not shout about it much, but developers in this country are contributing to FOSS and their contributions are growing. The potential in Japan for open source is huge. I've been saying it since I got here. So cool that the LF clearly recognizes this potential by bringing their conferences here. Also interesting: the LF website appears in two languages -- English and Japanese.



I already hang out with the Tokyo Linux User Group (here, here), so I hope to attend this event in October.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

BSD, Linux, OpenSolaris: A Conference in Tokyo

I've been thinking that it might be an interesting time to do a little kernel conference for OpenSolaris, Linux, and the BSDs right here in Tokyo. Get everyone together. See what happens. What the heck.

We could hold the event right at the Sun office on the 27th floor just like BarCamp back in May. We already hold the Tokyo Linux User Group meetings here and get about 40 people each time, we hold OpenSolaris meetings and get about 40 people (and about 100 for formal product launches), and BarCamp drew 100 people from multiple communities. That`s basically where I got the idea from -- and, of course, watching James C. McPherson put together his kernel conference in Australia. So, I wonder what would happen if we organized a day long conference specifically to bring together developers and community members from the key open source operating systems in an informal, un-conference format? I wonder what technology and community building bits we could all share together? I bet we could attract 150 top guys from Tokyo, and I bet we'd make quite an impression in the process. And I think there is more than enough talent right here to pull it off without having to call in people from the U.S. or Europe (although they'd certainly be welcome to come and participate, of course).

Just kicking this idea around ...

Saturday May 09, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 050909

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting and nomikai tonight.

Sunday May 03, 2009

Photo Directions: Sun Yoga Office

If you come to Sun`s Yoga office in Tokyo for OpenSolaris or Linux meetings or the upcoming BarCamp event, it`s really hard to get lost now. I updated the directions with new text and photos.

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

TLUG Tech Meeting Set for May 9

The agenda is all set for the next Tokyo Linux User Group technical meeting. It's Saturday May 9th. It's right here at Sun's office in Yoga on the 27th floor. Shoji and I will be there. And after the meeting we'll go out for some beers, of course. These meetings are generally very well attended with 45 or so people. There are usually two main talks and sometimes a third short talk stuffed in there as well. Then there is an auction to raise money for the group (for hosting services, etc), so people are always bringing stuff to, well, auction off. And speakers drink free after the meeting, too. Good all around. Great group of guys. Stop by. All open communities welcome. To get a feel for these meetings, check out the many TLUG photos I keep at this tag right here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tlug

Sunday Mar 15, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 031409

I spent the day yesterday with the Tokyo Linux User Group at the March technical meeting and nomikai. Great turn out of about 45 guys. I was too tired to go out for the nijikai afterwards because of all the other events this week, but I had a great time while I was there. There were two full length (and excellent) talks -- Stephen J. Turnbull on version control systems and Akira Kurogane on natural language processing -- plus the regular auction to raise money for the group and then drinks later on.

TLUG is 15 years old this year. That`s quite a history for a user group. I`m a new guy around here (about a year or so), but TLUG is a genuine community and I feel most welcome at all these events. It`s great to see OpenSolaris guys in Tokyo participating as well. Hopefully, we`ll get together for the 15th year anniversary in June. Anyway, here are some images from yesterday.

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Thursday Mar 05, 2009

Upcoming Events: Linux, OpenSolaris, Tokyo2Point0

There are three upcoming events in Tokyo for OpenSolaris, Linux, and Tokyo2Point0:
Should be a busy time. Stop by if you are around.
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