By Jimgris-Oracle on Apr 10, 2010
Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting earlier this evening …
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.
The OpenSolaris community plans four sessions at the Tokyo Open Source Conference
on Friday and Saturday. See announcements from Shoji
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope to check out three community events in Tokyo in the next week or so:
The timing is good, too. Canon called. They fixed my lens.
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 ...
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
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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