Wednesday Aug 05, 2009
Monday Aug 03, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Aug 03, 2009
Thursday Jul 09, 2009
Monday Jul 06, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle 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-Oracle 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-Oracle on Jun 27, 2009
Monday Jun 15, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle 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-Oracle on Jun 15, 2009
Thursday Apr 30, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle on Apr 30, 2009
Saturday Apr 25, 2009
Tuesday Apr 21, 2009
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Saturday Feb 14, 2009
By jimgris-Oracle 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-Oracle 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-Oracle 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-Oracle 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-Oracle on Jan 13, 2009
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