Beijing Sun Tech Day 2007 wrap up
By jmcp-Oracle on Nov 01, 2007
Wow ... what a day! I hung out with my friends (including Robs) at the HCTS - Hardware Certification Test Suite booth for most of the day. We were showing off the latest prototype demo of the Slim Installer LiveCD, which provided a very nice segue to the OpenSolaris Device Detection Tool. I lost track of how many people I talked to and handed out August 2007 OpenSolaris starter kits to, but it was definitely a steady stream of people.
Just after lunch we managed to trip a surge protector, so the se3320 and t2k sitting in front of me were silent. Then a bunch of students from Beijing IT Institute rocked up and wanted to know all about the t2k. So I showed them the fan trays, swung the unit around and started talking about LOM and the various interfaces.... then figured what the heck, might as well yank the cover off entirely and show them the insides.
So a good 45 minutes later after many many questions and much discussion about the benefits of multi-core computing and OpenSolaris, they invited me to visit their campus! Unfortunately I can't take them up on the offer since I'm flying home today (gee it's late as I type this!) but my Beijing colleagues will definitely visit them.
The last session of the day for us was a demo of a device driver writing utility which our team is working on as a NetBeans / Sun Studio plugin. I think it went quite well, though I did get the impression that a lot of the attendees didn't really understand what a device driver was!
A few photos from today:
Crowds at registration
More crowds at registration
Queueing near the PostgreSQL booth
Steve talking about xVM
Fiona talking about HCTS and HCTLive
Ryan about to start the device driver demo session
Hands on experience in the demo
Example template code from the demo
Ada explaining during the demo
Kevin explaining during the demo
Javen explaining during the demo