Tuesday Jun 13, 2006

For it's a jolly community....


The OpenSolaris 1st anniversary celebration is starting!!!

See the cool article on ZD Net about OpenSolaris--

and stay tuned for more fun on Sun.com, and Blogs...
and Community Awards...

LKR

Friday Jun 09, 2006

The Heart of Open Source


Today we're putting some final touches on the OpenSolaris 1st anniversary celebration activities.  It's amazing to be in a community process, where every decision is made cooperatively--every suggestion considered and valued.

When I joined the group over a year ago, I'm not sure I was totally comfortable with "transparency". Afterall, I'd just come from a marketing function where "need to know" was an absolute necessity. Information management was of the utmost importance. And it took them 20 + years to beat into me that you don't show your hand all the time in business and you don't have to be talking all the time to do your job!

I like transparency. I don't know how to do it the other way anymore.

 And folks are getting it. Hat's OFF! to Ray Gans, Rich Sands, Tom Marble--they were VERY transparent in their processes for getting the new Java Distributors License into play. Watch this space for more from the OpenSPARC team.  Watch this space for all Sun's open source iniatives--old friends and new, all in the open. All transparent


They are all at the heart of the Sun's open source community.

LKR

 

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Monday Jun 05, 2006

What a Month!

Just sent around the OpenSolaris Marketing Highlights for May...wow, it was a big month...

OpenSolaris blazed new trails at JavaOne...and our community got alot of visiblity--participating in the historic JDL Java Licensing announcement, and already BeleniX is shipping a distro that includes the JDK!  Other fun at JavaOne included holding a joint User group meeting with the Java SE gang, but my personal favorite moments from the month:  Burning CDs at the JavaOne Booth...what a blast --for a Marketing "Gurl" like me, it was cool. And people liked it too. Lots of folks walked up and asked for a CD of NexentaOS...and they got one, hot off the Ultra20 "griddle".

(editor's note: Dan Price and Stephen Lau deserve a golf clap for setting up a script so that burning the cd could be accomplished by clicking on an icon on the desktop. And they also deserve some extra drink tickets for the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome they must be suffering --dealing with the Marketing Gurl in action can be really stressful...)

Patrick Finch was the Law in town...posting awesome and keen rebuttals to strange happenings in the press...

And hey, keep an eye on the Freedom Toaster we built at JavaOne...That was huge--and I"m told it was shipped last week and might be getting installed in the next few weeks.

Cheers!
LKR
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Thursday May 25, 2006

WE WON! WE WON!

Of all the things...A 2006 Codie Award for OpenSolaris!

What a great achievement for an open source community that isn't even a year old yet! Heck, we were 6 months old when we were nominated!

Some might not know what the Codie awards are...They are software industry awards given by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).  And the cool thing is that these are peer awards...the votes are cast by SIIA members. That's other companies in the software industry. Our "hometown" so to speak.

Sun won in two categories--and competition was stiff in both:

Best Open Source Solution: OpenSolaris.
Best Software Development Solution: NetBeans

Good day, Good Award!
LKR
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Monday May 15, 2006

A Toast to Open Source...

What is a Freedom Toaster?

The Shuttleworth Foundation has an inspired program that delivers free and open source software to remote regions on server “kiosks”. Called Freedom Toasters, these kiosks allow people to choose the software and operating systems that they want and to "toast" them onto CDs, without the need for an Internet connection.

Freedom Toasters help close the digital divide.

So, Simon says to me a couple of weeks ago..."Hey, Laura, let's do a toast to Open Source!"  Sure, OpenSolaris can rally a few friends!  A couple of email exchanges with our friend Bruno from SouJava--and we had a registration page together!

Another email into the JavaOne PR team, and they said--hey, talk to Sun's Systems team--they're looking for some action at JavaOne.
Next thing I know,  John Fowler's team came on board with THREE Ultra 20s to donate, and we had something totally cool coming together.

And now, we've got pledge software from Operating systems (Solaris, OpenSolaris distros, Linux Distros...) to Development tools (Java Studio  Creator, NetBeans, Sun Studio compilers) to truly outstanding and fun Software like Jini, JXTA, Looking Glass.

And now, we're throwing open the invitation to all JavaOne exhibitors...if you have free and open source software you'd like to contribute to the freedom toaster we're building...

Register today at http://freedomtoaster.gobof.org/ and prepare an ISO image of your free and open source software to be included on the system.

If you are an attendee at JavaOne, join us Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Moscone room 123 to make your donation.

Check out www.freedomtoaster.org to learn more!

Talk about it!

LKR
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Friday Mar 03, 2006

ODF, Open Standards and Open Source...

The natural convergence of standards and open source is really taking shape with today's news: the ODF Alliance. 30+ companies, associations, universities and government agencies are getting behind the ODF. And yes, Massachussetts has not buckled. They are there supporting the alliance as well. (John Adams would be so proud!)

It's just too simple a concept ...and as usual, the more basic the concept, the more difficult it is to accomplish.  

It's about "a truly open standard file format that can be implemented by numerous and varied applications". ODF would enable governments and their constituents to use, access and store critical documents, records and information \*independent of the applications or enterprise platforms used for their creation or future access\*.

So this varied group is endorsing and suggesting the adoption of the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an open XML-based collection of office document formats, including text, presentation and spreadsheet formats. This approach will make it possible to retrieve information and exchange of documents between different applications, agencies and/or business partners ANYWHERE, ANYTIME on ANYTHING.


Sounds like Freedom to me.


Seems that Open Standards and Open Source are natural buddies. I'm figuring out that Open Source being FREE doesn't mean anarchy. Standards are a good thing--we have some standards focus in the OpenSolaris community of course, with an ISO standard being submitted by a community member. And of course, all the open standards originally in the Solaris code base that was open sourced on June 14 2005 to start up OpenSolaris.org are in force. 

It's a prelude to something better.

LKR


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Wednesday Feb 01, 2006

FWIW, NIH is -1

...AFAIK, Innovation Happens Everywhere.
IMHO, LKR

Thursday Jan 26, 2006

MADE IT TO NEXT ROUND...SIIA CODIEs

...how sweet it is...OpenSolaris is in the running for the final round of SIIA Codies. Starting in april SIIA member companies will be able to review Codie Awards finalists in each category and select their choices online. Member companies are provided one vote per company in each Codie Awards category (FYI, Sun is an SIIA member). This is a huge accomplishment for a new open source community to be in the finals. We're PUMPED! LKR

Wednesday Dec 28, 2005

Just in Time!



Thank Goodness Chandan has published an OpenSolaris 2006 Calendar!   I was just thinking I might have to settle for the puppies, or heaven forbid, the serene garden scenes. 


waay cool!

LKR

Friday Dec 23, 2005

So, you're on Vacation, Right?



And you're kicking around...Oh, just clearing out a few emails? Maybe doing a build of OpenSolaris like Tim Foster?  He's one of the OpenSolaris community gang, (all around great guy)  and his blog today gives a solid walkthrough of the process. And I think we should have a community Contest--what should Tim call his distro?

LKR



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Thursday Dec 22, 2005

World Peace!


Of course, that's the right answer to the interview phase of the Codie Awards...when we get there. For now, our friend and judge is loading OpenSolaris--running it in a VM Ware partition. I've heard that it runs "great" that way...but I've yet to meet anyone in PERSON who actually runs it that way on purpose. I'm sure Andy Tucker, OpenSolaris engineer extraordinaire and now member of the VM Ware team does. Funny, but I also saw OpenSolaris running in a VM Ware partition (is that the right grammar by the way?) at the Gartner IT Expo in Orlando. Ron Lee, who was with Sun for years and years now works for VM Ware and told me he's seen it and he does it too. 

And so for now, our friend and Judge, who is also looking at NetBeans by the way for the same category (woot!) will be "playing around with" OpenSolaris--and we've invited him to register at opensolaris.org and to lob any questions he has about how his system is working to the opensolaris-help@opensolaris.org.  I'll keep an eye out for him too. So will Stephen Lau. 

More on this, I hope!

LKR

Wednesday Dec 21, 2005

A Day in the life of Codie Award Contestant...



It's a big day for the OpenSolaris team today--we are in the "swim suit" contest phase of the SIIA Codie Awards 2006 and we're going to be getting on the line with the judge, Lee Schlesinger,  in about 45 mins to find out what his initial thoughts are about the build, technologies, etc.  He's installing the most recent build in VM Ware right now. Stephen Lau and Keith W. are both emailing a little back and forth with him to answer questions as they come up. 

Today will be a "day in the life" kind of blog that I'm sure will be chocked full of fun!

Stay tuned.....
LKR


Thursday Dec 15, 2005

Whew! Quake Works


So the BrandZ community is up and running on OpenSolaris.org. Did we say Linux?
Well, yes and no. The combination of BrandZ and the lx brand will be productized as Solaris Containers for Linux Applications.

Holy Grail? Naw, we're just doing our best to help those folks who may be locked in to linux platform applications ...just a little.

Here's a first look at just a few of the apps that run off the bat:

Firefox web browser
Thunderbird mail client
Apache web server
perl scripting language

and MOST IMPORTANTLY--

Quake-- glquake works, but is incompatible with Solaris's Xserver (because it needs the DGA extension). Display to a non-Solaris machine from your lx zone and it works fine.

That's a relief!

LKR


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Wednesday Dec 14, 2005

So, Don't Know What to Get Her For X-Mas?

xmas


The OpenSolaris.org community is here to help! Check out SchilliX 4.0!  It's got great updates.  Download it. She'll LOVE IT!

How about a wifi driver for Solaris?  Now there's a thoughtful gift. It's what EVERY (Solaris 10-loving) girl wants!

Check out The buttons and badges for a smart online look...Hey, I know!  Give her some OpenSolaris wallpaper for her cell phone. She'll NEVER forget it!

And, there's always an OpenSolaris Tshirt from the new online store...



Happy Holidays,
LKR


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Tuesday Nov 15, 2005

Calling All Oracle Developers!

...and we know there's alot of you out there!!!

Oracle Selects Solaris 10 Operating System as It's Preferred Open Source 64-bit Development and Deployment Environment

Thank you Oracle!

Now, come out, come out, where ever you are...and join OpenSolaris! I think Larry will be alright with it!

LKR



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