Saturday Feb 21, 2009

OpenSolaris at the Tokyo OSC 022109

Here are some images from the four OpenSolaris sessions at the Tokyo Open Source Conference today. Also, here is a report I posted to advocacy-discuss about the event and the community in Japan. Some press here and some video here. The semi-annual conference drew over 1,500 people over two days.

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Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109 Tokyo FOSS Conference 022109

Thursday Feb 19, 2009

Tokyo Open Source Conference: 4 OpenSolaris Talks

There will be four OpenSolaris presentations at the Tokyo Open Source Conference on Saturday at the Nihon Denshi Technical School:

- Masafumi Ohta on the EeePC at 11 a.m.
- Takahiro Machino on the OSUM program at 11:30 a.m.
- Hisayoshi Kato on DTrace at 12 p.m.
- Reiko Saito on translation and localization at 1 p.m.

I'll be there for all three. Stop by and say hello. The OpenSolaris community will have a booth on the show floor as well. Photos to come.

Friday Nov 28, 2008

Tokyo Tech Days Next Week

Next week is Sun Tech Days at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. Stop by. Lots of OpenSolaris, Java, MySQL, Web 2.0, and university activities. James Gosling and James Hughes will keynote. I'll take a lot of pics. See Masu for an update in Japanese.

Sunday Nov 16, 2008

ACM/ICPC Programming Contest: Hefei, China

Yesterday I attended the ACM/ICPC Programming Competition in Hefei with Shao-Ting, Chengzu Zhou (Ricky), and Edgar Liu. Very impressive event. There were hundreds of Chinese students working in teams solving problem sets written in English while programming using NetBeans running on OpenSolaris. Absolutely outrageous. I had a ball. Loved every minute of it. Here are some shots:

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Sun China is the technical sponsor for the regional China ACM events, which includes five live contests as well as a series of online pre-qualification sessions. In total, more than 15,000 Chinese students participate and touch OpenSolaris and NetBeans. That's very cool.

Saturday Nov 15, 2008

Hefei University of Technology

Yesterday Shao-Ting and I stopped by Hefei University of Technology to meet with some professors and students about starting an OpenSolaris User Group. We also met with Wei Liu, Sun's Campus Ambassador at at the university. Really great day hanging out with these guys. Shaoting and Wei talked about the OpenSolaris distribution, and I talked about some ideas to start a user group.

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Hefei University of Technology Hefei University of Technology

More images from Shaoting here.

Friday Nov 14, 2008

University of Science & Technology of China

A couple of days ago Chengzu Zhou (Ricky), Edgar Liu, and I presented OpenSolaris to a group of graduate and undergrad students at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, which is not too far from Shanghai. I understand that USTC is in the top 10 of Chinese universities, so it was a quite pleasure to speak there. We covered the new features in the OpenSolaris distribution, the OpenSolaris Web Stack, and the OpenSolaris community. It was great fun for three hours. The questions from the students were excellent and their enthusiasm was infectious. I'm continually impressed with how much Chinese students are interested in connecting with the West.

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University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei University of Science & Technology of China in Hefei

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Friday Nov 07, 2008

China Universities in November

OpenSolaris at University of Science & Technology of China I'll be in China next week for OpenSolaris activities in Hefei and Fuzhou -- user group meetings, gatherings with students and professors, and the ACM/ICPC coding contest at the University of Science & Technology. I have to remember to bring a jacket. The contest will be a bit on the formal side. Other than that, it should be pretty casual. I'm thrilled to be going back to see Chinese university students. Should be very cool. It's becoming my favorite activity on OpenSolaris. I'm also looking forward to seeing Shaoting, Chengzu Zhou, Edgar Liu, and Fang Li. These guys -- and many others -- are doing a great job building community in China. 

Also in China: there will be new OpenSolaris User Groups soon. Shaoting recently sent a proposal to advocacy-discuss to connect two existing OSUGs in China to the main community on opensolaris.org. Today I set up those projects and updated the OSUG leaders grid. We are now at 78. Get infrastructure for your OSUG here.

Friday Oct 31, 2008

Open Source University Meetup

OSUM portal from Sun -- ZDNet. Ok, I signed up to another open source social network. This is my billionth social network, I think, but somehow I find the time and space. This one is the Open Source University Meetup (OSUM), and it fits directly into of the most important goals for OpenSolaris -- to grow. There's more than just OpenSolaris on this network, though. You'll find MySQL, NetBeans, OpenSPARC, Java, and OpenOffice as well. See Gary Serda for everything happening on universities involving Sun.

Thursday Oct 16, 2008

OpenSolaris in China Programming Contest

Jim -- The Hammer -- Hughes was in China recently for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Excellent to hear from Chengzu (Ricky) Zhou on advocacy-discuss that OpenSolaris is being used as the contest platform for the contest's China 5 regional sites event. It's really wild looking at many students using OpenSolaris at the same time. See pics in Ricky's blog.

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Beijing Jiaotong University

I went to Beijing Jiaotong University with Shao-Ting and Chengzu Zhou today. We spoke to a group of about 60 college freshmen. I really love going to universities here. It changes my perspective. And it's hard not to feel welcome when people jump out of their skin to talk to you, and when students and professors and school administrators ask you to come back. I'm continually impressed by the level of English spoken here, and how eager students are to engage in English. People have even asked me to move here! Talking to administrators afterwards, I was not at all surprised to hear that integrating with the west is a top priority for the university. You don't have to hear that, though. It's obvious. Very nice day ...

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Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Beijing Jiaotong University Beijing Jiaotong University

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

I just got back from a couple of hours at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications talking to a small group of 30 students about OpenSolaris. Sun's Robert Sohigian also spoke about career opportunities these guys can expect to encounter as they finish school and enter the dynamic IT work place here in Beijing. It was a really nice night, and the students had a lot of interesting questions during and after the talks. Fiona set all this up and she has more here.

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Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Sunday Sep 21, 2008

Beijing Next Week

I'll be in Beijing next week to meet with the Linux and OpenSolaris communities and also hook up with students at Beijing Jiaotong University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Can't wait. Should be a nice trip. Also looking forward to seeing my Sun colleagues and our Intel partners as well. If you are around, please feel free stop by the OSUG meeting.

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Sun Campus Ambassadors

I was recently invited to participate in the Sun Campus Ambassador Program. Check out their community website. I just updated my page as well and hope to communicate with students around the world who are involved with the OpenSolaris community. Cool.

Wednesday Jun 04, 2008

Contest Update: 10 Days to Deadline

The OpenSolaris Community Innovation Awards project is moving along. The project includes two programs: (1) a contest and (2) a student grant program. Submissions for the student grant program are now closed, and we will announce the grants June 16. Here are the current proposals. But more importantly, the deadline to submit entries for to the contest program is June 14. That is only 10 days from today! Winners will be announced in August. Here are the current contest entries.

What we need: We are especially looking for judges now. If you are interested in getting involved in the project and helping judge entries, please send mail to awards-program at opensolaris dot org. You can also post from the awards-program Jive forum.

Thursday May 15, 2008

Campus Ambassador Map

There is a new map of the Sun Campus Ambassadors on the Sun Developer Network site. There are over 500 of these guys, and the list promises to grow dramatically next year.

Monday Apr 14, 2008

New OpenSolaris Images from China

I can't keep up with all this stuff, so I just point to whatever I can when I can. Check out Fiona Duan's flickr photostream for some new images of various OpenSolaris events at Chinese universities. Lots of Beijing OpenSolaris User Group activity, too. Great to see the community thriving in China.

Friday Mar 21, 2008

University of Tokyo and Sun

Seems the University of Tokyo and Sun are teaming up for some joint research projects on high performance computing and web-based programming languages. See Sun press release for details in Japanese and English.

Friday Feb 22, 2008

Campus Ambassadors in Japan

It was great to meet the three Campus Ambassadors in Japan yesterday -- Heejoung Park, Takahiro Machino, Hiroya Susuki. I'm going to be getting more involved with various education programs around OpenSolaris in China, India, and Japan. Should be fun. I've been on OpenSolaris for four years, and I've worked on many aspects of the project. But working with students is the most rewarding by far. Looking forward to doing more in this area.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2008

Teaching OpenSolaris

I see that Max is out there teaching again --  new opensolaris course material. Excellent. And I see that the OpenSolaris Curriculum Development Resources page is growing rather nicely, too.

Thursday Dec 06, 2007

BOSUG Meeting for FOSS.IN

It was great to stop by the Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group meeting last night to meet more of the OpenSolaris Community and also a bunch of students from Amrita University in Kerala, which is a five hour drive south of Bangalore and a place they call "God's Country" in India. The students tell me it's quite beautiful, and the fact that they invited me to come down and visit was quite humbling. The students are visiting Bangalore for the FOSS.IN conference, and they are also participants in the Code for Freedom Contest.

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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.

Thursday Oct 18, 2007

OpenSolaris at IEEE at Aizu University

I took a quick day trip to Aizu University yesterday to present OpenSolaris at the IEEE conference there. Aizu is a few hours north Tokyo, and it was great to get out of the city to see trees and mountains as the fall season rolls into Japan. This was my second visit to the Aizu since I was there a few months ago with the team from Sun's Tokyo Software Center.

The presentation yesterday went well. I was talking in a big cafeteria, so it was difficult at times to project my voice over the natural noise in the room, but in our little corner the participants seemed quite interested in OpenSolaris. The audience was a mix of Europeans, Asians, and Americans so English was the common language overall and everyone was very interactive. Also, wireless worked perfectly -- and automatically -- and the projector worked great, too. That's a big deal for me since I always have projector problems with my laptop, but all is well now. The response to OpenSolaris was also really good. I think people are starting to realize that we've done a lot of work in the past few years, and we are getting to a point where a lot of people are noticing and appreciating the effort. I don't see a tipping point yet, but we are getting closer. Perhaps in the spring when Indiana is launched.

I also had my very first experience seeing a bullet train blow through a station at jet speed. Now, riding the bullet is one thing. I've done that many times. It's nice but no big deal. But standing on the platform and watching the thing fly by 20 feet away is another thing altogether. It's extremely impressive. You can't even hear the darn thing coming till it's right under your nose. Then you hear massive sound as it tears through the air and then in a second it's gone. It's that fast. I'm not kidding. It's sort of like watching the Indy cars rip down the backstretch at Indianapolis. Very difficult to get a photo unless you know it's coming. Really wild.

Anyway, here are some pics from the trip. Special thanks to Makoto Uno at Sun for shooting many of the conference photos and to Aizu Professors Toshiaki Miyazaki, Daming Wei, and Incheon Paik for inviting me and making me feel welcome.

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Flickr set here. Everything tagged Aizu here.

Friday Oct 12, 2007

GMU OS Class

I see Harry J. Foxwell (here, here, here) is teaching a new CS course -- Advanced Operating Systems -- involving OpenSolaris at George Mason University. Here's the course syllabus. Very cool, Harry. OpenSolaris continues to make its way back into universities around the world.

Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

Curriculum Development Guides

I see the student and instructor guides for OpenSolaris have all been updated to v2 -- OpenSolaris Curriculum Development Resources. Take your pick: Polish, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish.

Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

Sun Ray at Dublin Institute of Technology

Very cool story here about the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Computing installing a Sun Ray system -- Dublin Institute of Technology installs thin client computer lab. Damien Farnham has more on the project, but it's cool to see that students were involved in the implementation and that the Irish OpenSolaris User Group holds meetings there.

According to the article, "The SunRay laboratory will provide staff and students with access to Solaris 10, Suse LINUX and Microsoft Windows." And it's also great to see comments about the importance of UNIX skills in education as well -- "It is not reasonable to expect computing graduates to be competitive upon entering the workforce if they are not equally competent in using Unix and Windows systems, said Mark Deegan, lecturer at the DIT School of Computing. "We must present students with equal opportunity to develop desktop and system administration skills on both Windows and Unix systems."

OpenSolaris at School II

Last March I blogged about how one of the main goals of OpenSolaris from the very beginning was to get back into universities -- OpenSolaris at School. I listed 82 universities that were involved in various OpenSolaris educational programs, and I gave some contact links for more information, too. Well, earlier this week I spoke with my colleague, Teresa Giacomini, to get an update on the programs, and she gave me a bunch of info and a new list of colleges and universities that are getting involved lately. There are 53 here, which when added to the 82 earlier gets 135. Not bad. That's really an amazing effort on the part of everyone at Sun involved in OpenSolaris university education programs. Congratulations! I hope I didn't mess up any of these names and cross over with the previous list. :)

01. Altai State University
02. AMET
03. Anhui University
04. Beijing Technology & Business University
05. Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
06. Blagoveschensk State Pedagogic University
07. Central China University of Science & Technology
08. Chengdu University
09. China Agricultural University
10. China Science & Technology University
11. Chine University of Mining Technology (Beijing)
12. Chine University of Mining Technology (Xuzhou)
13. Chongqing University
14. Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications
15. Columbia
16. Dalian Polytechnic University
17. Fresno City College
18. Guangdong University of Technology
19. Hanoi University of Technology
20. Hanze University of Technology
21. Harbin Institute of Technology
22. Hebei University of Technology
23. HuaZhong Normal University
24. Hubei University of Technology
25. Instituto de Formacion y Educacion Superior
26. Jianghan University
27. Kemerovo State University
28. Kiev National Technical University
29. LanZhou University
30. Nantong University
31. National University of Defense Technology
32. Neusoft Institue of Information
33. Ningxia University
34. NIT, Warangal
35. Northwestern Illinois University
36. Northwestern PolyTechnical University
37. Novosibirsk State University
38. Petrozavodsk State University
39. St. Petersburg State University
40. Shanghai Jiaotong University
41. Singapore Ministry of Education
42. South China University of Technology
43. Suzhou Vocational University
44. Tel Aviv University
45. Universidad Abierta InterAmericana
46. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
47. Universite Catholique de Louvain
48. University of Indonesia
49. University of Science and Technology Liaoning
50. University of Vienna
51. Uppsala University
52. XI'An Institute of Post & Telecommunications
53. Zhongnan University of Economics & Law

If you are a student or professor and intersted in OpenSolaris, check in with Teresa Giacomini. You can find her in the Academic and Research Community, which also has OpenSolaris Curriculum Resources in multiple languages and the OpenSolaris Campus Evangelists program.

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

Updated OpenSolaris Curriculum Guides

The English version of the OpenSolaris Curriculum Guide (student and instructor) has been updated. Also, updates to the five existing translations -- Japanese, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian -- are underway and new versions are coming for Italian, German, and Polish. This is good news for university students around the world, and it also shows that OpenSolaris is growing more diverse all the time.

Thursday Jul 05, 2007

Campus Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors for Open Source -- The Sun Campus Ambassador Program is already successful will be even more important in FY08. I hope to get involved in this program in FY08. There is more info here in the OpenSolaris Academic and Research Community and the Campus Ambassador User Group Project.

Monday Jun 25, 2007

The University of Aizu

I'm looking forwarding to visiting The University of Aizu a few hours north of Tokyo on Friday and Saturday of this week with my colleagues here at Sun Japan. We'll be talking about Open Source, OpenSolaris, and Java, and we'll be doing a Solaris installfest as well. Should be a nice trip getting out of Tokyo for a couple of days. Schedule of events in Japanese here.
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