One year of OpenSolaris!

OpenSolaris is now one year old!  We have integrated more than 100 contributions from 25 community members.

My first step into OpenSolaris was when I joined the tonic project in Nov 2004.  This project was to scrub the source for Copyright.  This was one tedious task.  The project team developed a tool to automate the checking of Copyrights.  This tool would check for similar codes in different files and also list the copyrights associated with each file.  The output of this tool had to be manually verified.  This was done by volunteers and I was one of them.  Yes, even though there was a tool, we had to manually verify every line.  The tool was used only to make the work of volunteers a bit easy.  All these was tracked through a twiki web page.  Reports were generated from these pages and the automated tools used to update the pages too.  Until then, I didn't know the power of twiki.  Now, thats a different story.  This went on till mid Feb 2005.

Then Sun created history when it open sourced Solaris on June 14 2005!

I got involved again when I signed up as a OpenSolaris Sponsor.  No, I don't give out money for working on Solaris. (Thats the common question I get to hear.)   My responsibilities as a Sponsor is to work with the external contributor, follow the integration process and finally integrate his/her code into Solaris.  At present, external contributors cannot directly integrate their source in Solaris.  But I believe there are plans to change that in future.

I have met many people/students who seem to be very excited when I talk about OpenSolaris.  They seem very much interested in contributing too.  But there aren't any contributions coming from them.  Its like climbing up a stair and then not taking the last step.  Whats missing?  I'm not sure.  I hope they come out of the box and jump at this wonderful opportunity.

BTW, have you seen the Contributor Awards that was announced for OpenSolaris anniversary?

Anyway, that was an exciting year.  I believe we'll have many more contributors and integration in the next year!  All the best for OpenSolaris!!!

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