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.

Monday Apr 16, 2007

OpenSolaris and the Google SoC

Congratulations to everyone in the OpenSolaris community who are involved in Google's Summer of Code. Glynn talks about 40 applications this year? That's outstanding. Way more than last year. And twice as many were accepted this year as well. OpenSolaris is clearly getting more traction at school. See the OpenSolaris Google SoC students here.

Thursday Mar 15, 2007

OpenSolaris at School

Back before we started OpenSolaris we talked a great deal about the desire to get OpenSolaris technology back on campus. Solaris certainly used to be strong at universities around the world, so we figured that there was no real reason why we couldn't return to our roots.

But when we had conversations with professors a couple of years ago about OpenSolaris, they told us quite clearly that Sun and Solaris left campus, not the other way around. We were closed, after all, and that just didn't work for teaching and open academic research purposes. Good point. Some of those early conversations were brutally honest, too.

Also, back then many critics were saying that we'd never get back on campus. Never? That always seemed like a really long time to me, especially since universities were more than a little excited about the prospect of OpenSolaris. So, back to school we went, it seems. Look what I found floating around some presentations recently -- a handy little list of some of the universities where OpenSolaris is starting to become part of the curriculum. And what's most interesting about this list is that more than 60 of these universities are from one country -- China. I wonder what the available market for OpenSolaris distributions will be in a few years when thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands (etc) of students all graduate with the new choice of exploring OpenSolaris because they were introduced to the technology back at school? Could change things a bit, eh? Especially in emerging markets. Especially in markets pressing for open source technology.  This is just a start, of course, and this is one of the ways that Sun is helping to build the OpenSolaris community. It's not a bad start, don't you think?

01. Agricultural University of Hebei
02. Bannari Amman College of Engineering
03. Beihang University
04. Beijing Agriculture University
05. Beijing Institute of Technology
06. Beijing JiaoTong University
07. Beijing Normal University
08. Beijing Science & Technology University
09. Beijing University of Post & Telecommunications
10. Beijing University of Technology
11. Brown University
12. Capital Normal University
13. Center China Normal University
14. ChangChun University of Technology
15. Chengdu Electronical College
16. Chengdu University of Information Technology
17. China University of Geosciences
18. Dalian Institute of Light Industry
19. Dalian JiaoTong University
20. Dalian University
21. Dalian University of Technology
22. Dartmouth
23. Defendence Science and Technology University
24. East China University of Science and Technology
25. Fudan University
26. George Mason University
27. Guangdong Education Institute
28. Guangdong SongShan College
29. Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
30. Guangzhou University
31. Guangzhou University of Technology
32. HangZhou Normal College
33. Hebei Polytechnic College
34. Henan Agriculural College
35. Henan Judicial Officer College
36. Henan University of Technology
37. HuaZhong Science and Technology University
38. India Institute of Science
39. Inner Mongolia Agricultural University
40. Israeli Ministry of Education
41. Ji'Nan University
42. JiangXi Normal University
43. JiuJinag University
44. LiaoNing Normal University
45. Nanjing Agricultural University
46. Nanjing University of Technology
47. NanKai University
48. NIT Trichy
49. Northeastern PolyTechnical University
50. Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University
51. Northwestern
52. Notre Dame
53. Ohio State University
54. Peking University
55. Penn State
56. PESIT
57. QiLu Software School
58. ShaanXi NormalUniversity
59. Shandong University
60. Shandong JiaoTong University
61. Shanghai University
62. South China Normal University
63. St. Paul College
64. Tongji University
65. Tsinghua University
66. UCLA
67. UCSD
68. University of Electronic Science & Technology of China
69. University of Minnesota
70. University of Queensland
71. University of Science and Technology Beijing
72. University of Science and Technology China
73. UVCE
74. WuHan University
75. WuHan University of Technology
76. WuYi University
77. Xi'an JiaoTong University
78. XiDian University
79. XiYou University
80. YanCheng Institute of Technology
81. Zhejiang Chinese Medical University
82. Zhejiang University

If you are a student and intersted in OpenSolaris, check in with Teresa Giacomini and Joey Guo. You can find them in the Academic and Research Community, which has OpenSolaris Curriculum Resources in multiple languages and a new OpenSolaris Campus Evangelists program. You may want to pick up an OpenSolaris Starter Kit along the way, too.
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