Sunday Mar 14, 2010
Wednesday Mar 10, 2010
By jimgris on Mar 10, 2010
I am looking forward to doing a quick video conference call next week with the guys in the Moscow OpenSolaris User Group. It will be at 2:30 in the morning for me, so I think I will make it a quick chat. Meeting details here. MOSUG info here. Special thans to Vladimir Legeza for the invite. Hopefully, some day I will be able to get to Russia. Never been. Always wanted to go.
Tuesday Mar 09, 2010
By jimgris on Mar 09, 2010
The Japanese OpenSolaris community
continues to grow. It's now the 3rd largest community in the
OpenSolaris world following the Spanish and Indian communities, it's
the 3rd most active, and Tokyo is the #1 city outside the United States
for sending traffic to opensolaris.org. The community in Japan also
continues to diversify as well with general users mixing with kernel developers
and globalization engineers. In fact, this diversity is driving the
need to run concurrent sessions for beginners and advanced developers and users
at community events.
There are multiple parts to the community in Japan:
- For JPOSUG discussions, subscribe to JPOSUG Jive web discussion forum (which is tied to the Mailman list).
. Post to the
- Register on opensolaris.org in Japanese (just click the language switcher in the upper right corner of the page to choose Japanese from the list of 25 languages).
- For TSUG discussions, subscribe to presentations here.
. You can also find a TSUG page on . A tiny selection of
- For Japanese I18N discussions, subscribe to Jive web discussion forum. and/or post to the list via the
- For live IRC conversations, go to
Friday Feb 05, 2010
By jimgris on Feb 05, 2010
Here is a nice example from Serbia demonstrating the value of building
a local OpenSolaris community. It can lead to some very interesting
organizations paying very close attention to what you are doing.
Congrats, guys! Some of the OpenSolaris
User Groups are doing some really interesting work out there, and
they are contributing to the overall community in a very big way.
Monday Feb 01, 2010
By jimgris on Feb 01, 2010
Sunday Jan 31, 2010
By jimgris on Jan 31, 2010
There were two sessions (beginners/advanced) at the monthly Tokyo OpenSolaris
Study Group on Saturday:
Tuesday Oct 20, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 20, 2009
I rebuilt the old Sun Tech Days pages in Advocacy today and consolidated 34
pages into 2. I had wanted to get those pages cleaned up for the
migration to XWiki because I have some of my own slides in there, and some people used my content as the basis of other presentations so I
want to preserve that history. But many of the pages and most of the
links were broken, a bunch of stuff was just missing, and what was left
was not migrating to XWiki that well. Time to fix. All we
really need is a basic archive of speakers, bios, venue dates, and
presentations. So I just took out all the tables and graphics and
broken stuff and started over. Plus, we don't need 34 pages gumming up
the left nav on the new site when we move. Simple lists work best. Now,
there were about 120 presentation attachments that had to be
downloaded, reorganized, uploaded, and re-linked, so I'm sure I missed
and/or broke a few. I'll clean them this week and then
delete the old pages when I know I have the links right after the
next migration on Wednesday. Anyway, here they are:
Sun Tech Days Archive 2006-2007 | Sun Tech Days Archive 2007-2008
Monday Oct 19, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 19, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 19, 2009
It`s sad to learn that so many people have been affected by the terrible earthquake in West Sumatra, Indonesia on September 30. Some of my colleagues from Sun Indonesia tell me that 750 people have been killed, hundreds are missing, and thousands are homeless. Sun Indonesia will be helping. Contact Harry Kaligis (harry dot kaligis at sun dot co dot id) and Alex Budiyanto (alex dot budiyanto at sun dot co dot id) if you`d like more information and want to help. Members of the OpenSolaris community have also been impacted by this disaster. Our deepest sympathy to everyone involved.
Images courtesy Alex
Budiyanto, Indonesia OpenSolaris User Group
Friday Oct 16, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 16, 2009
There will be an OpenSolaris User Group Leaders Meeting at OSDevCon in Germany in a couple of weeks. Partial travel support will be available. Ping Teresa Giacomini on advocacy-discuss for more info. It's worth trying to make this conference. It's a very good event. I went to the first two OSDevCon's and I am bummed I can't make this one. Let me know how it goes this year.
I am looking forward to an OSUG Leaders meeting in Asia some day. I wonder where we should hold that?
Tuesday Oct 13, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 13, 2009
I am building out a page of resources contributed to the community from the Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group. If you have something to contribute that you want posted, ping ug-tsug at opensolaris dot org (subscribe here). Also, I am looking for people who are interested in editing the TSUG website when we move to XWiki on hub.opensolaris.org in two weeks. Here is the current list of leaders. We need editors, translators, coders, writers, photographers, videographers, designers, organizers, students, professors, business guys etc. Everything. And, of course, if you are interested in presenting something on OpenSolaris or Open Source or community development we'd be happy to have you talk as well.
Thursday Oct 08, 2009
Wednesday Oct 07, 2009
By jimgris on Oct 07, 2009
A few guys from the Tokyo OpenSolaris User
Group will be getting
tomorrow night for a beer (nomikai). Martin Schmidt
OSUG in Germany will here, so it will be great to meet him and talk all
things East and West. But there
is also a
typhoon spinning its way to Tokyo. So, we may get wet.
Sunday Sep 27, 2009
By jimgris on Sep 27, 2009
sent some update emails (here,
on Friday to website-discuss
about the migration. We
continue to migrate content three days a week from the tonic database on opensolaris.org/os/ to XWiki on hub.opensolaris.org, and things are starting to shape up nicely. Chris has fixed a
pile of bugs (see Bill`s mail for the list), and Bonnie has updated the content migration document
so people can better understand how to fix pages at the source if the
content does not migrate cleanly. Chris
will continue fixing bugs each week, and we`ll document those fixes in
the content migration emails Bill sends. A few of us are also working
on cleaning the common pages on the site -- that`s the content not
owned by Community Groups, Projects, and User Groups. There are
well over 100 pages in that category. We are deleting, updating,
fixing, merging, and documenting. We got fat with common pages over the
last few years,
so I am trying to delete as much as possible. XWiki community here. Why we chose XWiki here. I`ll update Phase 2 of the website transition schedule tomorrow night.
In one of my own areas, I have been continuing to poke through the Advocacy pages and have been making pretty good progress. There are still a lot of broken pages that have no owners, so I`ll have to delete that stuff at some point. When we move to XWiki we`ll be giving more than 100 people edit privileges to the Advocacy pages, so I want to make some room for those guys to post new content. Today I updated the front page and some of the OSUG background and process pages and cut the content substantially. Hopefully, it`s getting easier to just get a quick idea of what`s going on, where to go for help, and how to do the basics. Most stuff happens on list via conversation anyway, and most activity at this point is based around OpenSolaris User Group so things are quite distributed.
I also cut the text around governance. Very few people are interested in governance, and it`s really not necessary for how we run Advocacy and build community globally at the grass roots. In fact, it generally gets in the way. I have pitched governance issues hard in Advocacy and in my presentations for years now, but I don`t think we have made any progress at all. So, if people are interested in governance, that`s great. We encourage them to read the OpenSolaris Constitution and interact with the OpenSolaris Governing Board on ogb-discuss (subscribe, forum). There are plenty of opportunities to write, reform, and implement processes there. I no longer have the time or inclination myself, nor do we have the space or interest level in Advocacy to dedicate to issues that are not working. Also, I now think that governance on the one hand and direct community building & project management on the other really ought to be separate. It`s just a cleaner way to think about both. And, actually, many others have suggested the same thing along the way. I`m slow. Anyway, for me, there are simply too many other really interesting development projects to manage and user communities to build around the world.
Thursday Sep 24, 2009
By jimgris on Sep 24, 2009
There will be two OpenSolaris User Group community conference calls on 9/25. Stop by. These calls are always great fun with people from all over the world talking about their experiences building community locally.
Friday Sep 04, 2009
By jimgris on Sep 04, 2009
Teresa Giacomini will be running an OpenSolaris User Group community conference call on Friday September 4 at 8 a.m. PDT (3 p.m. GMT). That's midnight in Tokyo, but I'll be up and will chime in. It'll be nice to hear some OSUG voices from around the world. We'll also be on IRC at #opensolaris-ugs on Freenode. Conference call numbers are here if you'd like to join in.
Monday Aug 17, 2009
By jimgris on Aug 17, 2009
By jimgris on Aug 17, 2009
Thursday Aug 13, 2009
Thursday Aug 06, 2009
Wednesday Aug 05, 2009
By jimgris on Aug 05, 2009
Monday Aug 03, 2009
By jimgris on Aug 03, 2009
Thursday Jul 09, 2009
Monday Jul 06, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 06, 2009
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.
Sunday Jun 28, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 28, 2009
The Japan OpenSolaris Community together on Saturday. Nice day (and night). About 60 people came by for the three sessions, two of which were in Japanese and the third in English. Then all three groups came together for a nomikai. I think the model works well to start integrating the Japanese and international OpenSolaris communities.
I used a new lens
for this event. My f/1.4 lens is getting fixed, so I borrowed Jon`s
50mm f/1.2, which is one scary smart lens. It`s a tad expensive, too,
so I was more than a little nervous shooting with it. Anyway, at f/1.2 the
focus is just razor thin. Focus on someone`s glasses and their entire face
is out. I messed up a few images that way, but by the end of the night
I was getting used to it. Amazing piece of glass. By the way, you can see Jon`s stuff
here. He`s one of the best photographers around.
Saturday Jun 27, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 27, 2009
Monday Jun 15, 2009
By jimgris on Jun 15, 2009
The OpenSolaris community in Japan is planning its second multi-session user group meeting -- combining the Japan OSUG and the Tokyo OSUG. The meeting will be in Sun`s Yoga office (directions with photos here) on Saturday June 27th. It`s a killer line up, too. Stop by if you are new to OpenSolaris or if you are an experienced developer. All are welcome. I have OpenSolaris t-shirts to give out, too.
By jimgris on Jun 15, 2009
Thursday Apr 30, 2009
By jimgris on Apr 30, 2009
Saturday Apr 25, 2009
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