Tuesday Jan 26, 2010

Today The Sun will Rise

Today as the Sun comes up, we as Sun employees are likely to have our last day as part of the greatest technology company the world has ever seen. I know that all of us will do the right thing and how we behave reflects the legacy of Sun Microsystems. Today our Leader set the tone and I want to publicly Thank Scott for the years of leadership he has shown us all. ( who doesn't have a Scott story ) The thing that we all learned from Scott is was what courage is all about. He pushed us and challenged us all to ask the hard questions, create technology, or not accept the the established answer.  24 yr 4 months and 10 days ago ( I missed 25 yrs, the EU came back to fast )  when I joined Sun I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to be part of this amazing experience to really effect the world forever. I remember clearly after my first week at Sun telling my wife, do not plan on me staying here more than 6 months these people are crazy! 

It wasn't crazy it was pure genius ! Let's not forget Sun made systems and operating systems open. We defined open systems in a world where closed and controlled was the standard of doing business. We did opensource before anybody had ever heard the word. We called it NFS !! ( connect-a-thon ) We made window systems truely functional we called that SunView! We opened the world to the idea that Unix could solve business problems. We called that SunOS and later Solaris ! We said chips companies should have competition and RISC made more sense. We called that SPARC ! We said that applications should not be locked to the OS and processor. We called that Java ! ( well Oak at first) The list goes on and on!! We can all agree being part of this is a once in a lifetime experience and one that has effected all of us. No matter what happens tomorrow all of us ( past and present employees) proudly say we where part of Sun and we changed the world. We will all take what we have learned and experienced into our next jobs, challenges, or whatever you choose to do. My family and I have grown and benefited from our time at Sun, this is something that I can not thank you all enough for. To my Sun family past and present, today when the Sun comes up be proud and show the courage that is our legacy. One thing no one can ever take away from you is YOU ARE ALWAYS A PART OF THE SUN FAMILY! All the best and thank you! 

Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

Netbeans 6.8 and the Netbeans Platform Support

The Netbeans 6.8 release will be shipping very soon. The community and the Netbeans team have been working hard to get this release ready. I want to thank everyone that has been working on 6.8 and making it another GREAT release of Netbeans. Please go download it and see why so many people trust and believe in Netbeans!

I wanted to respond to questions in regards to Sun's support of the NetBeans Platform.  As I have recently stated to the NetBeans Dream Team, the NetBeans Platform is critical to the development, support and release of the NetBeans IDE. We also have a number of customers that use the Platform to build a variety of products. Given those two major use cases, this makes the Platform a critical element of Sun's developer product strategy.

With the release of NetBeans 6.8, you'll see a more public effort to support the Platform as a product. This is being driven by overwhelming support, by our customers and the open-source user community. Thank you to the community members who tirelessly use, support and improve the NetBeans Platform. You can see the NetBeans Platform in action at platform.netbeans.org.

In summary, be assured that the NetBeans Platform is an advantage for our users and developers, we will continue to support and enhance the Platform in concert with the NetBeans community.  Thanks to Dream Team and our customers, your voices at Java One where heard and we are responding!

Monday Sep 28, 2009

My Last Product Release at Sun !

This week we will start shipping Comms Suite 7. 

While on the surface it may appear to be just another release or an upgrade, it really isn't – at least not to me.  It's probably my last product release after 25 years at Sun.

A number of years ago, Rich Green, my then boss and a person I admire a great deal, asked me "to see what I could do" with a group called the Comms team.  Most people at Sun didn't even know what these folks did!

The truth is that over the years Sun had assembled an outstanding collection of software and a team to build an amazing Suite of products that people could use to communicate with each other (Mail, Messaging, Calendar, Address book and Admin).  The other amazing fact was that the product supported 100's of millions of mailboxes and was the clear leader among ISPs globally!

As you take on any new team or product, the first thing you do is figure out where you are strong and where you are weak.  This one was pretty easy: the message server, message store and IM server rocked the planet! The team was the best in the WORLD!  On the other hand, due to forces outside the team's control, the client and calendar were hurting. (I'll just leave it at that.)

The next step was to hit the road and talk to the customers.  What I found was a loyal customer base begging for some product improvements.

After that Lee Camel, Micky Choudhary, Anil Srivastava, Neal Thomison and I sat down and started to brainstorm what was needed.  From those discussions, and after a number of cuts and a lot of pain (I will spare you), the Comms Suite 7 release is born! 

We knew we had to expand the message server but at the same time we needed to build a new Calendar server and a killer user experience for everyone on everything!  That is why we selected two really key technologies: Ajax and CalDAV/CarDAV!  Even today I still believe those where the right decisions and I know they are at the core of what makes this release so special!  The team then went to work to build the product that we start shipping this week.

If you take a serious look at Sun's Comms Suite 7 what you are going to find is a software package that delivers Scale, Security, Availability and Usability, like nothing else in this industry. 

The new UI works well on everything out of the box, including the iPhone, and is very, very fast!  Ajax is really great for speed and compatibility!  The new CalDAV server is just amazing, it is without a doubt the most scalable, and compatible server in the industry today.  I have been using it myself for close to a year. My admin made the switch in less than 30 minutes with no training and loves this calendar.  (For those of you who don't know, when you build a calendar product, it had better work for administrators! In my case, when Lynn is happy we ship!) 

Oh and BTW, it works with Apple's products out of the box!!  My iPhone loves it!!  I should mention that we put a new manager on this with a very small team. We took some risks that I have to say paid off big time (Asavari you did a GREAT job!!). 

Also, I have blogged about Convergence before (http://blogs.sun.com/jpblog/entry/comms_suite_6_ships) and that team has knocked the ball out of the park!  Ask any of our users!  I use it every day and love it!  Did I mention SCALABLE !!

Oh, Oh wait! I totally forgot to mention search and indexing!  In Comms Suite 7 you are going to see search and indexing that will blow you away!!  At the same time we were doing all the other stuff, we had a team (a really great team) headed by one of our best development managers (Liqun Wang) go off and see what they could do with indexing and search!  They killed it by building a horizontally scalable Java based search and indexing engine with which they then built interfaces to the message store.  This is one you have to see to believe. It is fast...very, very fast!  Also the beauty of the Convergence UI makes it work without you learning anything new!!

So I hope this little behind the scenes look into Comms Suite 7 helps you appreciate why I am so proud of the team, the technology and the product.  I am sad that this is my last release at Sun, but I am totally happy to give this one to our loyal customers.  Special thanks to an amazing team of engineers, managers, marketing people, and a few very special sales people that made this happen!!


If I have to have a last release @ Sun, I am super proud that Comms Suite 7 is that release!!

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Sun Software Library

Many long time Sun employees and customers remember fondly the Catalyst Catalog. About 2 years ago a small team decided it was time to take one of the most successful concepts in Sun's history and put it on the web. library.network.com was born. During the process of early design and prototyping we decided that it made the most sense to focus on the backend ( global database in the Sun Cloud ) and let the front end be built from widgets and strong Web base APIs.  Our intention has always been to create a high value and very viral environment for ISV's, Software Developers, OpenSource Communities and Commercial Applications. If you look at the current state of the environment that has all come true. The other key high level design goal was to create a valuable place for these providers ( we call them publishers)  to gain information about their customers, and others looking into their products.  The team building the system has gone far above that goal, in building a rich set of tools and data access for the publisher to realize that value. 

Take some time and go look at site, what you will find is a pretty slick UI ( yes we had to build one of our own)  and I think some of the best documented set of interfaces in the industry. It is open to anyone that wants to access the site to post their applications, be come a publisher, build your own UI at your site accessing the database via standard Webservices APIs or just find some software you need to do your job. We also have added social components to the environment to share ideas about entires, give your rating, post video and audio information on the applications.  You will need to register unless you are already a sun.com ( includes SDN )  member then you can just use your current login!!

Here are some links to follow to get you started:

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#resource/5236  -- How to get started video

http://library.network.com/doc/ -- User and developer documentation

http://library.network.com/faq/ -- FAQ and help documentation

http://blogs.sun.com/thelibrary/ -- Team Blog, they do a great job communicating

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/apps/ -- An example of another UI using library.network.com

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#publisher/49040 -- A great example of using the Library to spread the word

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#software/82483 -- An example of the ratings and reviews

Friday May 15, 2009

Cloud Development is Really Hot Come Join Us !

Project Kenai is the onramp for Sun's developer "cloud" efforts.  Having gone live back in September of 2008, it now exceeds over 7,000 members and surpassed 500 publicly hosted open source projects.

 Come to Java One and see Kenai, Netbeans, library.network.com, Sun's Storage Cloud, Zembly, Openoffice, and Project Speedway re-define the developers cloud experience. ( we also have a few surprises as well)

Project Kenai currently offer an integrated suite of productivity services for developers to host their open source code or connect with peers of like mind, and will be enable additional cloud and collaboration services very soon.  Today, every project started at Kenai.com gets the following:

    \* Evolving integration with NetBeans
    \* (5) Source Code repositories (Subversion, Mercurial, and Git in any combination of 5)
    \* (2) Issue Tracking systems (Jira or Bugzilla)
    \* (1) Wiki
    \* (5) Forums
    \* (5) Mailing Lists
    \* (1) Download facility for documents

Anyone can join by going to http://kenai.com.  And if parties are ready to start hosting a project, they simply need to send an invitation request with a description of their project to: kenai-admin@sun.com.

Here's some useful resources to learn more or stay connected:

    \* Kenai on OSUM for Students: http://osum.sun.com/group/projectkenai
    \* Blog: http://blogs.sun.com/projectkenai
    \* Twitter: http://twitter.com/projectkenai
    \* Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38870547853&ref=ts
    \* Nuts & Bolts of Kenai.com http://kenai.com/projects/help/pages/KenaiOverview
    \* NetBeans Connectivity: http://wiki.netbeans.org/NewAndNoteworthyMilestone3NB67#section-NewAndNoteworthyMilestone3NB67-ConnectedDeveloperIntegrationWithKenai.com
    \* Screencasts:
          o "Welcome to Project Kenai:" https://slx.sun.com/1179272514
          o "Edit your Project Kenai Profile:" https://slx.sun.com/1179272664
          o "Manage your Kenai Project:" https://slx.sun.com/1179273752

Friday Nov 14, 2008

Openoffice @ Sun

 Sun is announcing an alignment of its Software organization into new business groups – Application Platform Software, Systems Platforms, and Cloud Computing & Developer Platforms - with a focus on boosting open source momentum and growing new sectors of the market who view technology as a competitive tool.

Cloud Computing & Developer Platforms: Working across all of Sun, Senior Vice President, Dave Douglas, will lead the Company's efforts to capitalize on two trends: the increasing shift of customer and developer focus to web-based cloud services and Sun's already established leadership position in the space through Network.com, the NetBeans developer platform, and OpenOffice.org. The unit will build upon Sun's existing online developer community – one of the world's largest – to firmly establish the company as a leader in cloud computing and grow this area into a significant driver of future revenues.

Whatever else people may have read or heard, they should be assured: We are not about to walk away from OpenOffice.org. With more than a hundred million users, its value is clear. And that value also lies in its active community. We recognize that open source is central not just to Sun's future growth but to the world's. And OOo is absolutely key there.Michael and I will continue to support the OO.org community as part of our roles at Sun.

Wednesday Aug 13, 2008

Netbeans 6.5 Beta !! Try it!!

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta, the latest release of Sun's award-winning open-source IDE that enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications with Java, C/C++ , JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy, and PHP.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta introduces several new features, including a robust IDE for PHP, JavaScript debugging for Firefox and IE, and support for Groovy and Grails. This release also includes a number of enhancements for Java, JavaScript, Ruby and Rails, and C/C++ development. Java feature highlights include: built-in support for Hibernate, Spring Framework, Eclipse project import,  RESTful Web Services and compile on save. Developers will also be able to experiment with GlassFish v3 Prelude, that ships along with this beta release.

Give it a try!!

Tuesday Jul 22, 2008

Comms Suite 6 SHIPS!!

On July 22nd we announced the availability of Java Communications Suite 6., which includes the new Convergence web client,
push e-mail support and a host of other features. These new capabilities and enhancements make Communications Suite 6 an even stronger
alternative to Microsoft Exchange, while enabling leading Telco and cable companies to provide their subscribers with seamless new services
leading to increase customer growth and delight.

The Sun Java Communications Suite delivers industry leading email, calendaring and real time collaboration functionality for service provider
and large organizations worldwide. It provides an extensible, standards-based development platform, offering improved performance, reliability
and scalability at a lower TCO.

Communications Suite Components Services                                                    

Message access and message management
Calendar Service and group scheduling
Instant Messaging, Presence and Chat
Centralized Address Book


Sun Convergence – a complete webclient
Outlook Connectivity
Mobile Sync

Administration and Configuration

Delegated Administration
New Communications Suite Installer

What's New

This Communications Suite release includes many new features, including:

  • Sun Convergence communications client

  • New subscription-based pricing model for point products

  • New Messaging Server features include:

    • Very large mailbox support

    • Message store database rolling backup

    • Additional LEMONADE support for mobile messaging

  • New Instant Messaging Server features include:

    • Javascript API

    • Peer-to-peer voice chat

    • IMPS protocol support

  • New Outlook Connector features include:

    • Support for Vista

    • Support for Outlook 2007

    • Support for large PST files

  • An entirely new Communications Suite installer

    Sun Convergence:                                

    Sun Convergence is an elegant and powerful web client for the Java Communications Suite. It provides a unique and highly useful web communication and collaboration experience through a rich mash up of email, calendaring, contacts,presence, instant messaging and other web services.

Key Benefits

  • Convergence, built on top of the highly scalable, secure and standards based services within the Java Communications Suite, is designed to scale from thousands to millions of users.

  • Convergence's rich integration of email, calendaring, contacts and instant messaging helps users to save time and better organize information, schedule events and tasks and consequently be more productive

  • With drag and drop, right click context menus and keyboard shortcuts Convergence provides a desktop-like experience with the power of anytime, anywhere access of the web

  • Convergence can be easily customized and integrated with other web services to create a highly differentiated and personalized user experience

    Please come give it a test drive at :
    Test Drive Convergence

    Userid : field1 / Password: cosmo
    Or to learn more :  www.sun.com/comms

Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

StarOffice 9 Beta Give it a try - Mac support, PDF import

Download it from here.  [link to http://www.sun.com/so9beta_download]

If it's a comprehensive office suite you're looking for, try the latest version of StarOffice 9 Beta at no-charge. It's got tons of new features, now works on your Mac, and lets you extend functionality with cool add-ons called extensions.  There's so much useful stuff in this release that it's tough to boil it down to the key ones, but here is a sneak peek at the new features by main application:

   \* Writer - improved and much easier note taking, zoom slider for
     easy zooming in and out, easy editing of multiple documents
   \* Impress - Presenter view, native tables (so you don't have to copy
     and paste tables from as spreadsheet), presentation file size
   \* Calc - new Solver tool, new charting functionality including
     better 3-D, 1024 rows, spreadsheet sharing for collaboration or
     concurrent editing
   \* Base - report builder tool
   \* PIM - And of course the calendar extension to Mozilla which
     provides effective mail/calendar or Personal Information Manager
     (PIM) functionality

And general features include Mac support, improved Microsoft Office compatibility, fresh set of icons, a re-designed Start Menu, an extension manager and an online update feature which alerts you when updates are available and if you allow, install the updates.

We have created a thriving extension framework for StarOffice/StarSuite and OpenOffice.org and have seven powerful, free extensions for StarOffice 9 Beta such as the PDF Importer, Weblog Publisher (blogger) and a MediaWiki publisher.  See sun.com/staroffice/extensions for download instructions.  In addition, a full list of all extensions for OpenOffice.org can be found at the extensions repository [repository should link to http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/]

StarOffice has always been known for its strong interoperability and StarOffice 9 is no different.  It support Microsoft Office including import of Microsoft Office 2007 OOXML , PDF/A, ODF 2.0, HTML, Flash and many graphic formats.  In addition to the Mac, StarOffice 9 runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux.   All this means that you can share files with just about anyone using any operating system, office suite or hardware.

Give it a try -- click here [sun.com/so9beta_download] to download the StarOffice 9 Beta or go to www.sun.com/software/staroffice/get_beta.jsp for more information on new features, support and feedback mechanisms and system requirements.  To download StarSuite 9 Beta, go to sun.com/ss9beta_download, note that StarSuite is the Asian language version of StarOffice.  There's a lot of neat stuff to test out and we'd love to hear your feedback.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

netbeans 6.1 " the One IDE you must have "


As of this morning, NetBeans IDE 6.1 and the NetBeans IDE Early Access for PHP are available at NetBeans.org.

The release is combines \*innovation\* with \*execution\* and quality & performance improvements addressing the VOC.

Here are some of the highlights:

- New support for JavaScript, HTML, CSS editing (debugger will be available on the update center)
- Lots of Ruby enhancements
- Big performance gains
- Improved support for RESTful web services
- A new distro of NetBeans for PHP application development ( early access )

A full summary is available here.


The netbeans team rocks!! Great release!  

Comms Suite 6 Beta Documentation

Wow !!  if you want to see something really cool, go look at the new documentation for Communications Suite 6. 



I am not normally a big fan of Wikis, but the neat part of this is our docs team, engineers and our customers

have all contributed to build this! No more paper docs, no more CD/DVDs for docs!! I guess this is a "green"

software product. No trees killed to produce documentation for Comms Suite 6!!


Also Joe Sciallo's blog will give you more detail. Joe has done a great job leading this effort!!


Very Cool, go take a look!

Thursday Mar 06, 2008

It is all Good!!

Sorry for the long blog, this is a bit of catch up. A lot news I wanted to share on the products and communities from the Developer, Tools and Services team.

First we want to congratulate David Ascher and the team at Mozilla Messaging. We are really excited about Thunderbird and the entire Mozilla Messaging project. We will continue to contribute code and also resources to support this project. More on Lightning later! Congrats on forming Mozilla Messaging, count on Sun's support!!

Busy day today for the OpenOffice community. As result of many activities between the community council, the engineering steering committee and the advisory council. The following things are happening;

--Moving to Subversion for source code control
--Creation of public Wikis for specification creation and management
--New Forums for support and sharing
--A new web site for OpenOffice.org that will debut in the next 2 weeks
--EIS/ Tinderbox for Integration
--Project leads approval for CWS (branches), easing the integration process
--Revival of regular meetings for release committee (weekly),
--Engineering Steering Committee (monthly)
--Community Council (bi-weekly)
--Program to mentor new contributors
--Community Award Programs
-- OpenOffice.org Version 3 that goes to beta in April will be LGPv3 details
-- A Contributor Agreement the is more flexible

The goal  is to attract more developers to contribute to OpenOffice. We where able to spend some time with Peter Brown from the Free Software Foundation. That has been saved as a Podcast, if you would like to listen. Peter provided us with his views of the OpenOffice changes.  I want to thank the Community Council and the Advisory Council for their input and their commitment. Also a special thanks and acknowledgment of the OpenOffice Community!!

Simon's Blog has more detail and also his review of the changes.

In other OpenOffice news the Mac port is going  very well. I am now using it on my Mac full time and have deleted the X-version. Go give it try and tell us what you think. You can get it from OpenOffice.org.

The OpenOffice team also is working with the Lightning calendar community, the latest builds are very good. Many people at Sun are already using it. Go down load it and try it, I am sure you will find it very useful. It is not in it's final form yet so the community is looking for your input!!

Kendo our new Mail, Calendar and IM client has just shipped to beta customers. For the past few months we have had 100s of customers using Kendo and providing us feedback during the preview process. This process worked really well, allowing users to give us direct feedback during the development process.. Go take a look at our Wiki for more details. http://wikis.sun.com/display/CommSuite/Sun+Java+Communications+Suite+Information

I have recently joined the Netbeans and Studio team, these are some really great products and outstanding engineering teams. The Netbeans team just shipped Netbeans 6.0 with the best Ruby and JRuby developer tools in the industry! They followed that up today with Beta Netbeans 6.1, this point release has some great new JavaScript support and great improvements to performance. It is really really nice!! Go look at http://wiki.netbeans.org/NB61NewAndNoteWorthy

The Jolt Awards are out and NetBeans was a finalist in 3 categories: Development Environments, Mobile Development Tools and Web Development Tools. We won in the category, for Development Environments. Congrats to the Netbeans Community and thanks to all the users and developers that help shape Netbeans !!

The last piece of news is that  Ted Leung and Fran Wierzbicki have joined the developer team at Sun. See Tim Bray's blog. I am personally excited about these guys coming to Sun and I have assured them that their focus on Python and Jython in the open source community is not going change. Sun is supporting them and the Python/Jython community efforts. We are committed to Dynamic Languages and we are just getting started!!

Welcome Guys!

As you can see " IT IS ALL GOOD "

Friday Oct 05, 2007

Communicate Products the New Client is coming along!!

It has been a while since I have updated you on what we are doing with the Comms products. The team has really been working very hard to make some major changes with great progress. As I said in my blog on April 19,2007 What's Happening with Comms we are really focused on major priorities. The first and most important is quality, we have added to the QA team and the products have really become more stable thanks to hard work of QA and Sustaining team!! We are closing bugs in days now and our testing has improved to catch stuff before you see it!! Our work here is never done, and we will keep investing!

WebClient – The team is making great progress and they keep pushing the schedule up. We're trying a new strategy in comms to put new products in front of our customers very early, well before they're complete. We get timely feedback and our customers get to participate in development, the process has begun with a few customers. Expect to see an open preview very soon . At this point we have email and contacts running. Calendar and instant message to follow very shortly in November. We will announce very soon how you can access the site! I have attached a  screen shots for you to see the progress! It really looks great and we are excited about getting it to market! Everyone that has used it so far thinks it ROCKS!!


Another major area of focus is the Calendar server! The new CalDAV / CarDAV servers are underway and the project just received some new members to the team to accelerate the schedule. We are planning to release the new server in 2008, I will update you from time to time on the progress! There are already several server and client implementations available for CalDAV and interoperability sessions are held on a regular basis by the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (calconnect.org). The comms group has been attending roundtables and interop events with the consortium over the past couple of years and we'll be the host for next one, Roundtable XI held Feb 4-8 2008.

The comms products have a very strong position in the service provider market because of the strength of our messaging product. We plan to capitalize on that with a focus on mobile communications across the communications suite. We have been active participants in the IETF Lemonade working group which is focused on protocol extensions to support mobile email. Lemonade RFC 4550 extensions will be present in the next release of our messaging server and we're actively working on the profilebis extensions. We do not intend to rest even as we start wrapping up our Lemonade implementation. We plan to stay actively involved in the standards bodies and of course in implementing as the standards emerge. More importantly, we are kicking off an aggressive effort to leverage Lemonade and other mobile extensions we are adding to Communication Suite.

Our Priorities remain:

  1. Bring "Wow" back into the Web Client. Actively under construction is aWeb 2.0 client for mail, calendar, IM and contacts that will raise more than a few eyebrows.

  2. Complete rebuild of the install environment (so SIMPLE my mom could install it).

  3. Deliver a calendar server based on the latest CalDAV standard.

  4. Open Source Comms components

  5. Increase search and management capability of the message store

  6. Enable large message store capability

  7. Bring carrier grade, push e-mail to the market. Based on IETF/Lemonade standards.

  8. Granular and light-weight web services to all Comms backend data.

  9. Deliver SyncML support

  10. Improve and expand Outlook Connector

  11. Offer support for better /cheaper storage & mail-store integration.

  12. A connection back to Sun for to better support users

  13. Add a blogging engine to the Comms Suite

Of course we have some surprises coming as well, that we know you are going to like!!

To learn more about Sun's Java Communications Suite and how it can help your business, you can take a look at http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hubs/comms/overview/index.jsp

Send your comments and feedback, we believe in our products and we know that Comms on Solaris can be a competitive advantage for you in your business.

Thursday Oct 04, 2007

OpenOffice.org moves forward!

 Everyone hopefully has been noticing the great strides that the OpenOffice.org community has made of late and the fantastic set of features that are now available for everyone in the latest release 2.3. If you haven't tried it yet, download a copy and give it a try. I guarantee you will be just as impressed as I have been.  http://www.openoffice.org/)                 

The Sun team is  extremely excited with the progress made to date.We are aggressively working  to move in the right direction, to ensure that the community continues to thrive. What many of you might not be aware of  is that we (Sun) have increased our focus and dedication around OpenOffice.org.  Nine months ago Rich Green asked me to take over the responsibility for Sun's commitment and support to OpenOffice.org.  We are looking at the history of OpenOffice.org, issues that might effect the community and how best to evolve, for everyone's benefit.  Based on my observations and discussions with the community members, three areas of  focus are;

1. Community governance
2. Contribution agreement
3. New tools and more open selection of tools

In the area of Governance, we have asked a number of folks to join a new Community Advisory Group. These are  companies interested in investing more resources in OO.org  and from the community at large.

To better describe the role the text from the invitation is below.

There have been significant and ground-breaking announcements around OpenOffice.org and there is great momentum around the project and community. We should all feel very proud of being part of such an amazing Open Source project. We can't just stop here we need to continue to evolve and ensure we are doing the right things for the community and the product's long-term future. I can ensure you that this common goal is something that I am committed to. With this goal in mind I would personally like to take this opportunity to invite you, and the company you represent, to join the OpenOffice.org Advisory Board.

The goal of the Advisory Board is to ensure we continue to move OpenOffice.org in such a direction that guarantees its long-term success and a successful future. The Board will provide strategic representation of the project's key stakeholders and community representatives. It will mediate between the desires and interests of the stakeholder companies and the community, and balance the inputs against with the strategic goal.

There are no preconceived notions on the actual structure and boundaries of the Board and suggest we cover that collectively at our first meeting. The Board will not manage the project's daily affairs, nor will it replace the OpenOffice.org's existing governing body, and the Community Council. The council will continue to do what it has done so well: resolve community issues and conflicts, set community goals, manage community funds, and most important, give a voice to the hundreds of thousands who make up the OpenOffice.org community.

I will report out after the first meeting, which is Nov. 1, 2007.

In order to address some of the concerns I have heard from the community, we are planning for  OO.org to use the new Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/contributor_agreement.jsp. I have carefully reviewed this document and have had council from a variety of our community members. This SCA goes a long way in addressing a variety of concerns with the current agreement. The most community friendly aspect of moving to the SCA is the inclusion of language stating that any contribution licensed out by Sun will also be licensed under an OSI or FSF approved license.  Please take a look at it and give comments.  We plan to use this agreement as soon as possible. This is a positive step forward for the community and more evidence that we are listening.  We continue to listen to feedback regarding the license under which OO.org is available.

In the tools area, I have asked Michael Bemmer and the Engineering Steering committee to come back with  recommendations on the tools the community agrees are best.  Then we will start the process to implement as soon as possible. We are counting on the community to help in that effort.  We are committed to a bug,build and source code management environment that speeds contribution and adoption by all.

Having read many blogs in the last few days, I need to clear up a few things:
-- StarOffice and OpenOffice are almost identical binaries
-- The big difference is that Sun can indemnify any user of StarOffice
-- StarOffice comes with enterprise level support and hence we charge for that. OpenOffice is free
-- The copyright assignment is not new
-- Sun contributes all of its development to OO.o under LGPL

Clearly we have work ahead, please be assured that Sun is steadfastly behind a strong, transparent and fair community process. We value the users and developers in the community! We welcome your input and your contribution. We invite developers, users and corporations to join the OpenOffice community effort !



Monday May 14, 2007

Another Reason to fly Singapore Airlines....

I came across the announcement a while ago that Singapore Airlines was going to embed StarOffice in their seat back entertainment systems on many of their refurbished 777-300ER planes, but I didn't know when/where we would start seeing this .

Chuk-Munn Lee (one of our evangelists) was flying back to Singapore from JavaOne and was on one of the planes. He snapped a couple of images to show StarOffice available on the entertainment system. Below is one of the images - he launched Star Impress to see if he could work on some of his slides (you can plug in your own USB key to edit/save files) - he said the system worked well.
























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