Monday Jan 22, 2007


The date on the 4 boxes of T-shirts say December, 2005. I remember --we thought we might be able to launch the NEOSUG right around that time...we had a new build of OpenSolaris on CD, and Bryan Cantrill might have been in the area.

But Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. So for months those boxes sat patiently huddled in the corner of the basement. "Soon.." I'd mutter as I moved the christmas decorations past the boxes...and then the skiis, then the bicycles, and the camping gear. <sigh>.

Well, Today, I moved the saddle, the camping gear and the christmas stuff out of the way. "Hullo Fellas!  Next week! It's Next Week!!"


So, Come get your t-shirt at the inaugural meeting of the NEOSUG (New England Opensolaris User Group)
 January 31, 2007 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Sun Microsystems campus in Burlington MA.
(Map courtesy of Google Maps)

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the OpenSolaris project, and a technical update on the most recent build of OpenSolaris Code.


5:30-6:00  Registration, Refreshments

6:00-6:45  Introduction to the OpenSolaris Project

6:45-7:30 Technical overview --What's New in OpenSolaris

7:30-8:00 Closing: What's next for NEOSUG/  Q&A/ Ask the Experts

Special guests will include:

  • Dave Miner, Solaris engineering and OpenSolaris community member

    Dave Miner is a senior staff engineer in the Solaris development group at Sun Microsystems and an architect for the Installation technologies. He's also a lead for the Approachability and Installation communities and the Live Media project on Dave's  background is in networking and system administration. During his 16+ year tenure at Sun, Dave has  worked on several technologies including the original Solaris admintool, a product related to PC-NFS called SolarNet PC-Admin, the Solaris DHCP server and DHCP Manager management tool, and the Service Management Facility (SMF).

  • Peter Galvin, Chief Technologist, Corporate Technologies Inc.
    Peter Baer Galvin is the Chief Technologist for Corporate Technologies, Inc., a systems integrator and VAR, and was the Systems Manager for Brown University's Computer Science Department. He has written articlesfor Byte and other magazines. He wrote the Pete's Wicked World and Pete's Super Systems columns at SunWorld Magazine. He is currently contributing editor for SysAdmin Magazine, where he managed the Solaris Corner. Peter is co-author of the Operating Systems Concepts and Applied Operating Systems Concepts texbooks. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has taught tutorials in security and system administration and given talks at many conferences and institutions on such topics as web services, performance tuning, and high-availability.

The first 50 members to check in at the meeting receive an  OpenSolaris T-Shirt so come early!

Be sure to register today at
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What: New England OpenSolaris User Group Meeting (NEOSUG)
When: January 31, 2007  6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Sun Microsystems Campus
             1 Network Circle
             Burlington MA


Friday Dec 22, 2006

Could you turn it down please?

Last night we went out for dinner for Beth's 14th birthday. ...suddenly we all looked at eachother and noticed--Hey! No TVs in every corner!  Wow! are you  kidding? No TV!

About a year ago I started to notice TVs in every corner of "family" restaurants. Some restaurants even PROMOTE that there's an unobstructed view of a TV from every table...Woo Hoo!, Why?  When did the world decide that having a TV blaring Nascar, re-runs of the the most innane reality T.V. show or CNN news "headlines" created a pleasant dining experience? Maybe our family is just not a good sample for the demographics of typical customers who go out to TGIFridays, or AppleBees. That would make sense because ask anyone: we're DIFFICULT. We don't like TV. We don't watch LOST. We're not into watching people eat worms, or guess which briefcase has the million dollars. 

We are so Boring.

Not long ago in Chili's we asked that the TV that was crashing our dinner party be turned off. The waiter was shocked at the request and said...I don't think we CAN turn it off.   Then Could you turn it down please?


Wednesday Nov 29, 2006

Poor Lei-lani, Pretty HULA Dancer

When Patrick forwarded the news that the Hula Project is in jeopardy, I felt sad, and alittle outraged. It only took a couple of weeks since the now famous Auction for Novell's soul for them to halt development on what could have been a competitive alternative to M$ exchange. There are shoes falling all over the place.

And Hey, I'm entitled to a little outrage here. As a former Novell employee, I still have the vivid memories of the packed Javits center for NetWorld (before the disasterous merger with Interop...) and the fond memories of Ray Noorda's "Really Red" Rallies that he would hold once a month. This was in the (er...) mid '80s (I was a child marketing prodigy) long before webcasts, or global telecons with hundreds of lines...

Ray would start in Provo--he'd hold a rally at 8:30 AM there, jump on the company jet (not his personal jet, but a shuttle he bought to run between sites in Provo, Austin and San Jose daily) and do one in Austin at 12:00, and then end in San Jose at 4:00.  It must have been a long day, but he did it all the time.

And at nearly every rally, he'd remind the employees that Microsoft was \*The Competition\*. That we cooperated with other industry leaders (like 3com and Banyan and IBM) but he did not take calls from Microsoft. 

Things change. (I'm still a child marketing prodigy...) But if your company has solid leadership and integrity, your company's founding principles should not change.  Like take this one...near and dear to our hearts: 

The Network is the Computer

It's a tagline. But really, it's a founding principle.  And even under the greatest pressure of focus groups, brand recognition studies, hip consultants and the technology Fad of the year (read: The dot in dot com) Sun's leadership has stuck. We're on terra firma. Done. It ain't changing. Move on. The Network is the Computer.

So, where is Novell's founding principle? Where's their rudder?
Or better yet...a paddle? 


Tuesday Nov 21, 2006


I'm not the only person slowing down to check out the wreck by the side of the road...the Microsoft / Novell announcement ...and what we're seeing now is Novell back pedaling, clarifying, posting open letters, blogging, restating, and doing alot of "What I meant to say was..."

That is really too bad. Because it's bad communication (say it right the first time) and it's bad community juju (say it to your friends first).

It is, however, a really cool URL if you're a guerilla marketeer looking for a shocking mashup URL:

So, call it rubber necking, but I can't help but wonder...didn't they use their turning signal?  (tell your friends what you're doing BEFORE you do it...) Clearly not, based on "Steve the B's" opening remarks on the press conference webcast, indicating that they were sorry they were starting late, there were very complex issues that really had to be worked out and frankly they just finished a few minutes ago.


Sounds like they were more invested in having the dramatic effect of a surprise press conference with Microsoft/Novell logos on the sign than they were in getting on the phone with folks who could help with this so-called "customer dilemma" they think they have solved...

What customer? The Windows customer? The .Net customer? What dilemma? Lock in? Proprietary OSs being replaced by GNU/Linux solutions?  What patents? Microsoft's GNU/Linux? Who's Dilemma? Microsoft's? Novell's?

And did Microsoft approach the right "partner" for the deal? If the problem they think they have (which they DO have by the way) is that they cannot compete, integrate, interoperate or basically, PLAY in the Free and Open Source software arena, why not call the FSF?  Shouldn't that have been their move? 

The problem is with Windows.  It's not Free and Open Source. It's Microsoft's problem.

And after reading Novell's CMO's blog ...I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND...Why is he making this HIS company's problem? Now Microsoft and Novell will collaborate on interoperability between their offerings --and I still can't find details of whether we're talking Windows to SuSE Linux, or what license these technologies will be released under.  Or how they will be created.

When I first heard about this announcement I immediately thought:  HolyHackers! Microsoft and Novell are launching an open source community and there will be projects to create technology interoperability between SuSE and Windows, and all the mono community and gnome community will come together and...Yikes! This is amazing! Miguel and Nat are in there! Woo!  (er...wrong.)


Thursday Nov 16, 2006

You Are \*Here\*

building 32
Building 32 on the MIT Campus is an intriguing building. It sits on the site of the famous old "building 20" and there's plywood from the old structure at the end of one of the long halls. It's a structure that seems to be a double-helix of curving hallways...Staircases that lead to isolated mezzanines. Elevators that take you to floors higher. Doors that open into expansive work areas that look like a nursery school for the most brilliant minds.

The camera crew dropped in on a Monday afternoon to interview Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, and the author of the GNU Public License.  Java, GPL, and Richard Stallman.

Now \*there\* are 4 words that in the past didn't go well together. Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation were always that voice on our shoulder, saying that Java should be Free.

Today it is. Free as in Freedom.

Free software developers can now look at Java.

Sun has open sourced their implementations of Java technology.   - Java  Standard Edition (traditionally run on desktops), Java Micro Edition  (traditionally run on phones and embedded devices) and Java  Enterprise Edition (traditionally run in business infrastructure) -  using the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License  (GPLv2), the license at the center of the GNU/Linux community - We have reached out to include a community of developers that historically could not participate in our innovation.

Which brings me to why we were lost in Building 32 last Monday. To record Richard Stallman's reaction and commentary on the plan. Would he support us? Would he applaud the effort?

We wandered the building and found his office-- a complex world, full of books, magazines, equipment, a fabulously diverse music collection that he runs on a system powered by a refurbished Onkyo receiver.  Richard sat for our interview and was enthusiastic. And talkative!

As part of the interview, we asked, What is Free Software?

"Free software means software that respects the user's freedom. There are four essential freedoms that a user of software should always have.
--Freedom 0 is the freedom to run the program as you wish
--Freedom 1 is the freedom to study the source code and change it so the program does what you wish when you run it.
--Freedom 2 is the freedom to distribute copies to other up to and including republication when you wish.
--Freedom 3 is the freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions up to and including publication when you wish.

With these four freedoms, the users live in freedom and in particular they're free to cooperate with each other. Free to form communities in which people help each other. And free software develops democratically under the control of its users. So free software is the software that goes with freedom and democracy."

As the video team started to carry out the equipment, the building didn't seem quite as confusing.  I hope we visit there often.


Thursday Sep 21, 2006


Now, This is cool! The Chumby.

The name is awesome...and it's a really cool nexus of people in the community--software engineers, hardware designers, online artists...and even crafters! . 
The community is very chatty, and it's great reading.
I heard these were given away to all the attendees at FOO camp this year... Hey Simon! Can I have yours for a few weeks to play with?


Google Checking out OpenSolaris??

This is great news. Google has many Sun "alumni" throughout it's ranks...why not have the best technology too?
And what an awesome quote!! "There's been a major upsurge in interest in Solaris. So many people are asking, 'Should I install it?'" Oh, yeah. It's Working. (smirk gloat and doing the happy dance) Technorati Tag:
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Thursday Sep 14, 2006

It's Nuke La-Loosh--On the mound...

Tom Yager is one of my favorite Tech reporters. He's been around since the days of floppy disks...and he is no pushover.

So when I see a headline like this:
    Sun is winning in the server market

followed with a lead that nails Sun's Unix Server market share at 56.7 percent...(Gartner) it makes me stop and say--

    That was GREAT...WHAD WE DO !!!#??#!

"It is a matter of patience, vision, and the nerve to stick with that vision even when nobody else seems to see it Sun’s way."

"Sun took the bold step of open sourcing its crown jewel, Solaris, to take the “proprietary” millstone from around its neck. Now Solaris is the only one of the Big Three Unixes that is open source."

"What really puts Intel in the doghouse is Sun’s decision to open the design of UltraSparc T1 for public use. It is the silicon equivalent of open source, and it’s no lip service. Inexpensive and readily available programmable logic puts anyone a few hundred dollars away from being able to mint their own 64-bit Sparc CPUs."

Ah, yeah, it's working.


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Wednesday Sep 13, 2006

Now we're having FUN

Sun is growing again: According to IDC, in CYQ2, Sun server revenues increased 15% year over year while IBM, HP and Dell declined. So, innovation DOES pay off...

Hey--neat little offering announced today at Sun's NC event in NYC...Solaris Sun Fire UltraSPARC IIIi workstation - Ultra 25: Comes bundled with key software pre-installed (Solaris 10 OS, Sun Studio, Sun Java Studio Creator, and Sun Java Studio Enterprise), and at $2895, it's the lowest priced UltraSparc IIIi workstation ever -- an excellent  (Open)Solaris developer seat.

That's really cool!


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Wednesday Jun 14, 2006

OpenSolaris--One Year Later...

Today is the first anniversary of OpenSolaris!

We're celebrating with old friends that have been here since we were just a pilot called "tonic", and new friends that are joining every day.

There are 14,000 of us celebrating the accomplishments, and the challenges.

Check out the blogs, the distros, the art, the metrics, and the code.
The community is Exchanging Gifts too! Have you seen the new distro of NexentaOS?
Get over to and check it out!


Friday Jun 09, 2006


Robert Scoble is in the Lobby of Building 10!!!

He just met with JIS and says "What an enjoyable guy!"

See the pictures--read the Scobleizer!


Monday May 22, 2006

Open Source = Linux NOT!

When? That's what my blog notes said. I had set this aside as a draft idea on 11/30/05. It meant: long enough to wait for, short enough to achieve. Empires are built around the notion that Open Source = Linux. But sooner or later, Linux will begin to lose its positioning as "the" synonym for Open Source. And last week, I got this email...informing me (and thousands of other syscon subscribers) that LinuxWorld (a syscon media publication) would be changing the name on its masthead to Enterprise Open Source World--and it cited the growth and expansion of the open source marketplace, and broadening open source offerings as the main reasons. It named OpenSolaris by name (although with a space, but lots of folks still do that, after all it hasn't even been a year yet!) Did you get that email too? ;) LKR Technorati Tag:
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Monday May 15, 2006

JavaOne Booth 740 is up and running!

This just in from Booth 740 at JavaOne pavillion...We're good to go for the OpenSolaris Pod! We're right next to the DTrace challenge, and around the side from the BrandZ running in containers demo...we're going to have a ball! . Hope all the OpenSolaris illuminati will be here...we have so much going on~ See: Alan Duboff's blog re: OpenSolaris User Group at the Thirsty Bear on Tuesday Night. We're expacting some friends from the JDK team to drop by too... Wednesday night the OpenSolaris community is hosting a "Toast to Open Source" where we're building a Freedom Toaster full of open source and free applications for the Shuttleworth foundation to install in South Africa. Check out Simon Phipps' blog for more on that! You guys gotta see this place. James Gosling and Greg Bollela are playing with the real time Java race track just across the aisle. Rich Sands and I ran into Bryan Cantrill (with his Ferrari booted and 2 windows open--bashing!). I love JavaOne. And I especially love that OpenSolaris is In the middle of it this year! More to come! Alan's blog! Simon's Blog!

Monday Feb 27, 2006

An Ah-Ha moment...

Logged on this morning to share from the Joy Of Cooking...and was immediately distracted by my RSS feeds...and of course, Simon's was blinking at the top. (Oh, I really need to post this item about Lentils, because Patrick is coming for dinner and he's vegan, and I'm not...and thanks goodness for The Joy of Cooking)

But I can't.

Payment at the Point of Value.  There it is. Some folks might say they have value at the point of acquisition--like a theme for a blog template. It's a bit like try and buy, only without the bomb going off, or the gentle reminders to "click here to complete your purchase".

Is the Point of value when the revenue stream opens up, or when the developer innovation begins? I think it's probably different depending on the origin of the software. The blog template above, easy to see when the value comes in--as a user it's when you click "okay". As a developer, it's sometime before that. In more complex open source-based programs, say, MySQL, the user value comes after deployment--the developer value again, sometime before that. 

The Developer value could be characterized as customizations, data models, business intelligence, flows--and those come after deployment, when the "requirement to put back" would no longer apply. Because if companies thought they had to put back any data or business intelligence that would enhance the deployment of the open source-based product, that might be seen as an Uh-Oh moment.

And then there's the point where a company delivers services based on the open source foundation of technology. I'm not thinking about service contracts here, but ring tones being downloaded from apache servers, or searches being hosted on LAMP stacks. Is this where the point of value is? When the company begins to collect the .002 transaction fee from financial services firms coming through an open source based platform? If so, that's probably why so many venture capitalists are hanging out in Open Source bars these days.

The point of value--for developers--when they build the code and start to browse and ideas form...
The point of value--for users--when they click "okay" and it does something for them...
The point of value--for companies--when more users click "okay" and revenue volumes begin...


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Monday Feb 13, 2006


By now we've heard about PLEO, the darling of DEMO 2006.
Having stood in line for a Furby, I'm totally psyched about this "must-have toy of 2006".
Did we know about our very own Curtis Sasaki on the advisory board?





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