OpenSolaris Demo... a success
By Nischal Rao on Mar 04, 2009
When I left my home today for my college, I was wondering how many people would attend the demo on OpenSolaris planned for today. Around 20 students had given their names for the demo ( we have permission to do any events only after college hours :(. This explains the low no. of registrations). I had planned to do the demo at 4:15 pm in the CS Seminar Hall ( the CS HOD was generous enough to provide me a space to do my event :) ).
My classes got over at 3pm and i headed straight towards the seminar hall. Even as I went towards the seminar hall I wasn't sure how many would attend the demo. I told myself, "20 people or 10 people, the event will take place today".
Time went by very fast... It was 4:05pm but no one in the seminar hall(except me, of course)... 4:10pm: 5 people in the seminar hall... 4:15pm: 15 people in their seats ( relief! :) )... 4:20pm: 30 people.. ( great!! :) )... 4:25pm: 40 people.... OSUM(awesome)!!! :)
The OSUM Crowd!
It was really a great feeling! People usually don't turn up at any technical events after college hours. After around 6 hours of classes it is definitely impossible... but yet, they were there... :)
I began with the a brief intro to OpenSolaris. Then I did the installation demo of OpenSolaris on VirtualBox. The students were thrilled to find out that two operating systems were running at the same time in parallel. Then I did a demo of the ZFS filesystem. The students were amazed at the concept of a storage pool in the ZFS filesystem.
Finally I finished the session by giving away CDs of OpenSolaris to the students. They were very happy and were eager to install OpenSolaris on their system.
My friends Preetham and Abhishek did a great job in arranging for the event. Without their help, the event wouldn't have been such a success.
I also had the opportunity to promote OSUM at the event. Most of the students are willing to join the OSUM :) If you are not a member of RVCE OSUM, do join at http://osum.sun.com/group/rvceosum