Saturday Feb 14, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group Nijikai 021309

After the OpenSolaris session on Jaris last night I went across town for the Tokyo Linux User Group nijikai. I missed the nomikai a bit earlier, but I couldn`t resist round two for a couple of hours. Some images ...

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Saturday Jan 10, 2009

Tokyo Linux User Group 011009

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

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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

JPOSUG and TLUG Meetings This Week

The Japan OpenSolaris User Group will meet at Sun`s Jingumae office in Tokyo on Friday night to talk about security issues and the history of Solaris and OpenSolaris. More info here. Also the Tokyo Linux User Group will meet on Saturday at Sun`s Yoga office in Tokyo to talk about Amazon Web Services and how to deploy new Amazon Machine Instances to EC2. There will be a Linux hack session as well. More info here.

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group: 121208 Bonenkai

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group Bonenkai earlier tonight. A bonenkai is basically a year end party in Japan. There were probably about 40 people there from well over a dozen countries. A pretty typical TLUG nomikai but just a tad bigger. Nice time.

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Friday Nov 28, 2008

First Tokyo OSUG Nomikai: 12/4

Shoji posted an announcement for the first Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group nomikai on Thurs, December 4th. Should be fun. For two years, I've been posting images of nomikais from various events around Tokyo, but this is the first time we're getting together as an international OpenSolaris community. We are just starting, so hopefully it will be nice and small. But the intention is to grow and build with diversity in mind as the foundation for the community. The model for this is TLUG, which started with one person and grew to hundreds. Also, those guys get about a dozen countries represented among 50 or so people at their technical meetings and 25 or so at nomikais. You can't beat that size and diversity for global reach in a local user group. So, if you are interested in stopping by and talking about OpenSolaris, let me know. No agenda. Just conversation. And food. And drink. TSUG

Saturday Nov 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group: 110808

Here are some images from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting earlier today ...

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Friday Oct 31, 2008

TLUG Meeting November 8th

The next technical meeting for the Tokyo Linux User Group will be on Saturday November 8th. I'll be there for sure. Come on by. All the info is here on the TLUG wiki.

Friday Oct 10, 2008

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Nice nomikai tonight with the Tokyo Linux User Group. There were guys there from 12 countries. Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, France, Iceland, Australia. And that's normal for this group. It's quite an international crowd, and to me that's part of what makes a healthy community. That's also why I like hanging out with these guys.

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Saturday Sep 13, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group 091308

Images from the Tokyo Linux User Group meeting at Sun earlier today. And, of course, the nomikai later in the evening. As with every TLUG event, it was great to meet a bunch of new guys in Tokyo.

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All of my TLUG images on flickr.

Friday Aug 08, 2008

Tokyo Linux User Group Nomikai 080808

Went to the Tokyo Linux User Group nomikai tonight. As always, I met a bunch of new guys. Very cool.

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All TLUG pics here.

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,
Fumihito Yoshida, Benjamin Mako Hill, Jim Grisanzio.
Photo Credit: Rion Aoki.

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

Some shots from the Tokyo Linux User Group (TLUG) meeting last night ...

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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
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