Sun, fun, and Usenix
By Liane Praza on Apr 14, 2005
Returned from Usenix today and I'm still exhilarated and exhausted -- wish I could have stayed longer. I'm a complete laggard compared to everyone else who has been so diligently posting after crawling back to their hotel rooms/homes after closing out the BoF and the bar at 1 or 2am. As I mentioned already, we did two BoF sessions: Solaris 10 and Beyond, and Developing for Solaris and OpenSolaris. Lots of folks (80+) and lots of great questions on Tuesday night -- many stayed until the bitter end to chat with us about Solaris and other interesting topics.
The developer BoF I ran on Wednesday was, as expected, a bit smaller. There was lots of competition from interesting sessions and the topic was less general: we had somewhere between 40 and 60 people (which was still a great crowd). Sun folks included Dan, Bart, Alan, Tim Marsland, David Bustos, John, and Matt. Spencer even stopped by despite an early NFSv4 session the next morning. Roy Fielding was kind enough to indulge my request to talk a bit about his view of OpenSolaris from the perspective of his new role on the community advisory board.
As the slideset I used for the developer BoF was completely new, I want to take another look over it before posting it here -- didn't even have the time to spellcheck before the BoF! I hope everyone went home with at least one new tidbit about developing on [Open]Solaris they didn't know before, even if I wasn't as funny as Dan the night before. Apologies that my presentation didn't have more panache. Here's a quick [pre|re]view. In addition to talking about the Solaris lifestyle and specific features that I think make it a great platform for software development, we also talked about what's coming with OpenSolaris. I'm hoping to have time to add notes about some of the detailed examples we went through during the BoF too, but that may take a while longer. It is more fun to do them live, unscripted -- mistakes and all. :) Bart has promised to post his example of inserting stable DTrace probes into an application on his blog soon too.
Thanks to all of you who were able to come. We had a bunch of fun and learned quite a bit from the comments, questions, and subsequent discussions. If you were there, do you have any comments on what we could do better next time aside from having more free beer?