OpenSolaris... 1 year on

It's been a pretty wild year since Sun opened the lid on OpenSolaris. Well, I reckon it's been wild, at any rate :-)

As of a few minutes ago we've had the 100th community-member putback to the codebase completed. We've seen the opening of the vast majority of the ON gate (both kernel and userspace), the NWS gate (my favourite), the JDS consolidation .... lots!

There's a thriving irc channel (#opensolaris @ irc.freenode.net) which has been a fantastic support forum as well as being a meeting place, and we've got projects and sub-communities from A to Z.

I've noticed a real difference in the way that discussions (whether architectural or otherwise) now happen inside Sun, and it's a fantastic thing.... kinda like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, if you will. There's been a visible crossover from discussions held in public, with the odd flamefest or two included.


Ok, now for the self-promotion part! I've used my blog to document a few procedures, provide some info on currently-supported Emulex FC hbas and QLogic FC hbas and to provide a link for my presentation Getting to know the SAN Stack.

And ok, sure, I blogged about other stuff too since I setup my blog early last year. But my point is that the opening of Solaris to the world has allowed Sun and non-Sun people to expand everybody's knowledge about what goes on under the hood, and it's coincided with a push from within to engage people outside Sun who might otherwise never have noticed. Even if you're not going to run Solaris or OpenSolaris, by being able to engage with Sun's staff on --- effectively --- a one-to-one basis, you have the opportunity to get new ideas. And so do we.

You win, I win, we all win.

I'm really glad to be a part of this community, both now and in the future.

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