Thursday Feb 03, 2011

After eight years, time for a change

I joined Sun more than eight years ago. Coming to Sun was one of the best things I have ever done. I have met a large number of incredible colleagues, and interacted via e-mail, IM and telephone with many more. I have loved working with each and every one of you, and wish I'd gotten to work with more of you. You have made Sun a wonderful place to work at. Sun's engineering culture produces results -- and happiness.

Besides the people, the technologies I've worked with at Sun and Oracle too have yielded much intellectual pleasure. I respect our competition in operating systems, and I believe they have their strengths, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Solaris.

The sheer number of areas of Solaris I've either worked on directly or delved into is hard to believe. It is to Solaris' many engineers' credit that it is so easy to read its source code. There is too much good to say about Solaris and other Sun tech to attempt to do so in what really ought to be a short blog post.

It has come time for me to explore different opportunities. This is through no fault of Sun's nor Oracle's. There are other great people I want to work with elsewhere whom I've known since before coming here, and other projects I've wanted to work on that are not particularly relevant to my role here at Oracle. I could not say no indefinitely, and it seems quite worthwhile to explore, and hopefully create new opportunities.

I've also gotten to interact with a great many people outside Sun/Oracle, via the IETF and customer contacts. It has been a privilege and a pleasure. Of course, I'll still be around, just elsewhere :)

My new blog is at http://cryptonector.com/ . My e-mail address will be nico at cryptonector.com. For IM you can use either nico at cryptonector.com or nico@jis.mit.edu, both Jabber (XMPP). I'm on LinkedIn, Facebook, you know the drill. I'll be sure to look for and join off-OWAN IM rooms and mailing lists for Sun/Oracle diaspora (if you know of any, do please let me know).

Good luck and best wishes to one and all!

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I'm an engineer at Oracle (erstwhile Sun), where I've been since 2002, working on Sun_SSH, Solaris Kerberos, Active Directory interoperability, Lustre, and misc. other things.

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