Saturday Jul 12, 2008

DTrace at Tokyo Linux User Group: Photos

Sun`s Shoji Haraguchi and Hisayoshi Kato presented DTrace with a bunch of demos at the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting yesterday. Lars Kotthoff also presented reading Felica cards from Linux/BSD. I took 88 images and dumped 40 or so on the train ride home. The stuff below is what survived. It was a good day (and night) with about 50 people turning up. I had been wanting to get the OpenSolaris guys together with the Linux and BSD guys for a while now since I seem to mix in both crowds these days. We got together at the launch of OpenSolaris 2008.05 and then again tonight, so hopefully we can have more meetings in the future with all three operating system communities.

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I have quite a nice collection for TLUG and related images at this point. Now I have to go back and fill in some names. A project for the next week or so.

Saturday Jun 14, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group Nomikai 6/13/08

Some images from the TLUG nomikai last night in Tokyo. All the images on Flickr.

Saturday May 24, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.05 Tokyo Launch

Here are some images from the OpenSolaris 2008.05 launch last night in Tokyo. It was great to see some guys from the Linux and BSD communities stop by, and many thanks to Simon Phipps for coming all the way from London to open the evening of presentations.

Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

Opening Japan

Matt Asay explores open source in Japan and concludes that it may be time to give the place a second look -- Open source: Made in Japan? Good post. He points to some excellent examples of open source contributors in Japan and also corporate and government use of open source.

I found Matt's blog being discussed on the Tokyo Linux User Group list -- [tlug] "Open source: Made in Japan?" blog -- today where Curt Sampson was talking about the language/culture barriers in Japan and also how Japan is home to more NetBSD developers than any country outside the United States. I didn't know that, but I'm not surprised I didn't know since Japan is a country absolutely determined to down play its role in just about everything possible. It's exactly the opposite behavior of the United States, which tends to over play its hand in just about everything possible.

Anyway, I agree about the language/cultural barriers. They are big. Generally, I find very few in the west interested in software development taking place in Japan, and I also find very little interest here in exploring anything outside of Japan. It goes both ways. It's tough to look inside, and very few here are looking outside. There are obvious exceptions, of course, but I've been quite surprised by the size of the east/west divide for a market so big. See Matt's blog for the exceptions, by the way, which are all very encouraging.

I think similar issues were present in China, as well, but recently when I go to China and visit the universities I find the students much more willing to learn from and engage with the west. They are loud and enthusiastic and bold. I'm no expert on China, and I could be seeing only one part of that market because they have so many students in computer programs now, but it seems to me that the trends are clear and distinction with Japan is now very big. Whereas the language/cultural barriers here in Japan are the same as always (and I can find no one to dispute that), they seem to be going away in China.

Another factor for Japan may be that this market is mature and expensive and suffers from under exposure because massive attention and resources are flying to China and India because those guys are rapidly emerging and sucking up all the publicity. I was also thinking that some of this may be just a mis-understanding since the west and east view "community" and "contribution" and "individual motivation" somewhat differently. Who knows. Some good opinions on the Tlug list, too. Check out the thread.

Also, Matt mentioned Ruby. Very cool community. I was so impressed with the Ruby community a while back. Here are all my blogs on Ruby. And Matt mentions the Japanese government getting involved in open source, too. Well, they are also exploring OpenSolaris (here, here, here). Oh, one more thing: the Japan portal for OpenSolaris is our #1 portal by far in terms of total page views hitting the site. But, man, the Spanish are catching up jet fast! :)

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Building Community Across Cultures

Here's an attempt to help bridge natural language and cultural barriers here in Japan -- [tlug] Cross-cultural Engineer Party in Tokyo, Feb 15. I'm going for sure. I deal with this every day. It's not just a problem here in Japan, though. It's a challenge whenever you run any global project that cuts across any language and any culture.

Friday Feb 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux Users Group Nomikai 2/08

Every time I hang out with the TLUG guys I meet new community people from all over the world. Very cool time tonight. As always.

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Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Ubuntu in Tokyo

It was great meeting some of the Ubuntu guys in Tokyo a few days ago when Benjamin Mako Hill was in town. Great conversation about Japan, community building, user groups, translations, contributions, Ubuntu and Debian, One Laptop per Child, and FOSS generally. Thanks to Barton George for making the connection. :)

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Left to Right: Rion Aoki, Mitsuya Shibata, Jun Kobayashi,
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Friday Oct 12, 2007

Tokyo Linux User Group Nomikai

I went to the TLUG Nomikai in Shinbashi tonight. As always, had a great time ...

Sunday Sep 09, 2007

Tokyo Linux User Group: 090807

I went to the TLUG meeting yesterday at Amazon.com.jp. As usual, I had a great time. These guys have a really cool user group going. Really active list. Lots of interesting content. Plenty of passion. Regular meetings. Totally open. Nice. Below are some images from the meeting and the Nomikai and some shots from around Shibuya.

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Sunday Jul 15, 2007

TLUG Pics

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I did a little talk on OpenSolaris and gave out some OpenSolaris Starter Kits. Great fun. Great group. More pics here from Nguyen Hung Vu

Monday Jul 09, 2007

Tokyo Linux User Group Meeting

I'll be doing a little OpenSolaris lightning talk at the Tokyo Linux User Group later this week. Stop by if you are in the area.

Sunday Jun 10, 2007

RubyKaigi2007

I spent the weekend at RubyKaigi2007 in Tokyo. It was great to see Tim Bray again and also to meet Dave Thomas for the first time. Both Tim and Dave gave excellent presentations, along with Sun JRuby developers Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo. In fact, Dave got a standing ovation for his conference-closing keynote, which was a beautiful tribute to the Ruby community. He basically thanked the community and talked at length about the community's values and how to protect those values as the community enters into a rapid growth phase. Some nice lessons for us in the OpenSolaris community as we grow as well.

I met dozens of other people from Japan (obviously) and from Europe and the U.S., and I spent a lot of time talking with some great TLUG guys (Zev Blut, Edward Middleton, Alain Hoang) as well. I even met Yukihiro Matsumoto after his opening keynote. Very cool. Overall, I was very impressed with the Ruby community. There is huge diversity there, and the community feels totally authentic. The Japanese presentations seemed creative, and the audience responded enthusiastically to the speakers. And there were a lot of speakers, too! Dozens. How they pulled off so many speakers without a hitch I'll never know. But it just worked. I also loved the IRC screen for live audience conversation during the presentations, and the live IRC translations of the English speakers, too. Very creative.

I took a lot of pictures, and I think they represent the passion I so clearly felt at the conference. This community is young. It's alive. It's dynamic. I had a blast. And thanks, guys. I learned a great deal about the most important thing you are teaching.


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See Takayuki Okazaki (here, here, here, here) and Masaki Katakai (here, here) for more on Ruby Kaigi 2007. More photos on flicker here. Presentations here.

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