Tuesday Apr 21, 2009
Saturday Feb 14, 2009
By jimgris on Feb 14, 2009
I stopped by the OpenSolaris Hot Topics Seminar last nite in Jingumae. The guys from the Japan OpenSolaris User Group (JPOSUG: portal, forum) were talking about Jaris and other OpenSolaris technologies. About a 100 or so people were there. Kotaro-san, the Jaris technical leader, was there in the early evening, but I missed him because I was busy in the other room on a call with some guys in the U.K. Damn. Oh, well. Next time. Jaris made its way in front of 300 people in the last two days, and I`m hearing that developers in Tokyo, and even around the world, are taking notice. Cool. This could get interesting.
Friday Feb 06, 2009
By jimgris on Feb 06, 2009
And with that, Kotaro-san announced (in English and Japanese) Project Jaris to the OpenSolaris community. Welcome, guys! It's excellent to have a new distribution based on OpenSolaris technology right here in Japan. This project will absolutely help us build a developer and user community in Japan, there's no question about that. It's also very interesting that the Jaris guys are reaching out to Windows users with this distro. If we are to build a large user community here, those are the people we have to talk to. Very smart.
Wednesday Jan 28, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 28, 2009
Also, here's a reminder when requesting OpenSolaris projects. When you request new projects on the project-set list, please give the name of the project, the name of your list, and the user names of the leaders who got the project/list approved. I need all three bits of info, so it that's not in the thread you forward to project-setup, please add it. This will expedite the creation of projects. And please be mindful of trademark issues. Use generic, descriptive words to title your project. For background on this, go to the projects portal, the project set up page, and the project lead reference page.
Finally, as you know we will be moving to a new project creation process after the new OpenSolaris Constitution is approved in the upcoming March 2009 elections. Until then, we are using the current system. Here is more information on the proposed group creation process.
Thursday Jan 22, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 22, 2009
To get the OpenSolaris distributions, go to the downloads page on opensolaris.org. Oh, and don`t forget that one more is coming: Jaris.
Monday Jan 19, 2009
Wednesday Jan 14, 2009
Tuesday Jan 13, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 13, 2009
Friday Jan 09, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 09, 2009
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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009
By jimgris on Jan 07, 2009
Sunday Dec 28, 2008
Wednesday Dec 24, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 24, 2008
- Sun boosts OpenSolaris on Atom: Timothy Prickett Morgan, The Register
- ATOM support now in OpenSolaris: David Stewart, Intel
Friday Dec 19, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 19, 2008
If you are in Japan, if you can read Japanese, and if you know the technical details about ZFS (how`s that for a set of qualifiers?), pick up a copy of the January 2009 issue of Unix Magazine. There is a comprehensive article in there on ZFS from Michitoshi Sato: 特別企画 次世代ファイルシステムの内部に迫る 詳説ZFS. I see Sato-san all the time. He`s been been contributing to the community in Japan for years, and he now participates in the Japan OpenSolaris User Group.
More on OpenSolaris in Japan here at the Japan portal. Oh, and by the way, that Japan portal generates the most traffic to the site among all of the language portals. Very interesting. And the Japanese were supposed to be quiet?
Thursday Dec 18, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 18, 2008
community in Japan came together in Tokyo tonight to celebrate the launch of
OpenSolaris 2008.11. Shoji Haraguchi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Akira Ohsone,
and Hisayoshi Kato all presented
talks about the community and the new technology in 2008.11.
The room was packed with 85 people,
so it was a very cool night. Actually, it was pretty hot in there.
You know, I've been watching Sun Japan's OpenSolaris community development programs grow consistently over the past two years. The operations span globalization, marketing, sales/service, and engineering. There is a Japanese OpenSolaris User Group (Japanese language), a Tokyo OpenSolaris User Group (English language), an OpenSolaris Night Seminar Program, an OpenSolaris Source Code Study Group, customer/partner interactions, installfests, university engagements with 10 Campus Ambassadors, and other events that such as Tech Days, Developer Lounges, etc.
And the OpenSolaris community is growing right along with Sun Japan's increased participation. The community is also starting to mix with the international Linux, BSD, and Tokyo2Point0 communities, which is very cool because local community development can now extend globally. And real contributions are coming in too: translations of content, generation of original content, source code (some of which has been integrated), presentations, technical articles, packages, and mirrors. In fact, the community is advancing to the point where significant stuff is just showing up seemingly out of nowhere -- such as the new Japanese OpenSolaris book and the new Japanese distribution of OpenSolaris. That last point is important. When we started OpenSolaris, we tried to learn from the open source community and build a global program that would encourage others to contribute without Sun having to drive everything.
So, congratulations to the Sun team driving this launch of OpenSolaris 2008.11.
One more point: the Japanese may not say much in English about their participation in the community, and there are some well known cultural reasons for this. There is actually a great deal of community content to be found in Japanese language blogs, but even then it's not characterized as westerners are used to. It's different and usually indirect. And yes, this drives me mad. But if you want to really know about about this you have to dig. Deeply. You have to take the time. And if you do, you generally find significant activity generating some very interesting contributions. I'm just scratching the surface here, I realize, but there is more here than meets the eye.
Wednesday Dec 17, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 17, 2008
So, if anyone has any really cool stories to share, let me know. Stuff like how you started your group, how it has grown, what things people have been contributing, who you've had as speakers, what you've learned along the way, what you are doing build and manage your group, and any of the big challenges you've overcome. I'm especially interested in hearing from OSUGs that have started development projects locally or on opensolaris.org and also OSUGs that collaborate with other organizations. This can include things like code contributions to a project or distribution or the setting up and running of conferences or the translation of content or something like that. Over the last few years years the OSUGs have accomplished quite a bit out there with very little formal help, and I'd like to weave all that into a really cool article (or series of articles). I started a thread on advocacy-discuss as well. Hopefully some good ideas will come out of it.
Monday Dec 15, 2008
Thursday Dec 11, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 11, 2008
I'm pinging a bunch of lists tonight (announce, advocacy) to alert the community to starting thinking about updating their Core Contributor lists. We'll have an election in March of 2009 when we'll elect a new OGB and ratify a new constitution, so if people want to vote they should make sure their Core Contributor grants are valid. It's sort of like registering to vote in the American system, I suppose, but with a very important difference: you actually have to earn your OpenSolaris grant and that's not at all true of the American system. Anyway, there have been no new Core Contributors grants in a long time, so that's why I'm doing a little publicity around town. I even pinged core-contrib-discuss, which is a list for Core Contributors that we never use. That's a shame. It's a wasted opportunity for OpenSolaris Core Contributors to communicate and actually lead. Yet they don't. They never have.
Community members can determine their voting status by going to http://poll.opensolaris.org/.
I'm especially interested in updating the Advocacy Core Contributor list since I spend so much of my time there. Advocacy is the largest group of people in the OpenSolaris Community since it's home to 94 OpenSolaris User Groups around the world. We are spread out over many lists, so it's even more important that we start acknowledging and granting Core Contributor status to people who are doing a great job.
The current OpenSolaris Constitution is here as background on all this. We'll use that governance system to run the next election, but hopefully part of that election will be the approval of the new community organization, which is in draft form here.
Wednesday Dec 10, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 10, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 10, 2008
So very cool to see a new distribution of OpenSolaris right here in Japan. I love that logo, too. Building an OpenSolaris distribution in Japan specifically for this market is a fantastic idea. I look forward to meeting these guys at an OpenSolaris event in the future.
Tuesday Dec 09, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 09, 2008
The OpenSolaris user group community is well over 5,000 people now, they live all around the world, their skills range greatly, and they are growing. And, of course, everyone is welcome to get involved. We can offer some website infrastructure in the form of dedicated project spaces with exclusive editing privileges, a blog aggregator, source code management, a Mailman list with administrator access, an RSS-enabled announcement section, and spaces for news, file hosting, discussions, observers, and leaders. We are upgrading opensolaris.org in a few months, so this feature set may change a bit, but the current infrastructure is going away and we are replacing it with xWiki integrated with a new authentication application. So, working with the site for basic editing functions will be massively easier. Also, we are redesigning the governance system so the OSUGs will be equal to Communities and Projects. That means that OSUGs will have significant exposure on the site. And finally, we have a limited supply of OSUG kits to send out to new user groups, so get involved now.
That's it. That's my pitch. But the real value of participating at this level is that we are specifically looking to make new connections, and we are looking to grow in new ways. And I think having more universities involved with the OpenSolaris User Groups would be a fantastic step in that direction.
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Monday Dec 08, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 08, 2008
Friday Dec 05, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 05, 2008
Thursday Dec 04, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 04, 2008
Today was University Day at Tech Days in Tokyo. The Sun Campus Ambassadors were the stars of the show. There are ten CAs in Japan now, and they got to spend some time with James Gosling to talk software development, community building, Java, OpenSolaris, and having fun. That`s what it`s all about, right?
Wednesday Dec 03, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 03, 2008
Here are day two images from Tech Days in Tokyo. Not as many today as yesterday. I was exhausted from late meetings last night so I just ran out of gas today. James Hughes gave a great keynote on operating systems and multicore chips, and there were many other great sessions on Java and OpenSolaris. And at the end of the day, we gave away an Ultra20. I am still struggling to get my focusing and exposures right at 1.4 (so shallow ... I can`t imagine 1.2). But it`s fun and I`m getting better.
By jimgris on Dec 03, 2008
Tuesday Dec 02, 2008
By jimgris on Dec 02, 2008
Some shots from day one at Tokyo Tech Days. Lots of sessions and labs and demos and walking around talking to a lot of people. It was also great to see James Gosling again and hear about the many Java communities out there. Although we all think of James as a technologist, I have come to see him more as a master community builder and craftsman. A wonderful guy, too.
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