Friday Jun 19, 2009

OpenSolaris Bible Co-Authors Together

As I mentioned last week, my two co-authors of OpenSolaris Bible and I were at the CommunityOne conference in San Francisco earlier this month. What I didn't note in that post is that this was the first and only time we've all three been in the same place at the same time. Luckily Tirthankar Das was present to record this moment for posterity:

From left to right, Jerry Jelinek, Dave Miner, and me in front of the bookstore in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Developing On OpenSolaris

I gave a presentation called, "Developing On OpenSolaris" at the CommunityOne conference in San Francisco on June 1st. This talk was an overview of the benefits and features of OpenSolaris as a development platform. Topics included software management with the Image Packaging System (IPS), ZFS, Time Slider, DTrace, D-Light, SunStudio, GCC, Eclipse, and NetBeans. The goal of the presentation, in one sentence, was to answer the question, "why should I choose OpenSolaris as my development platform?"

In case you missed the talk, I’m happy to be able to offer the video here free of charge. This video doesn’t show the slides, so if you want to follow along at home, you can download the slides here.

Without further ado, here’s the video:

And here are some still shots, taken by Tirthankar Das:

Friday Jun 12, 2009

OpenSolaris Bible Makes Best-Seller List at JavaOne

According to this list, OpenSolaris Bible was the tenth best-selling book at the JavaOne bookstore, and the only book in the top ten not aimed at Java, Web, or Application developers. Although Dave, Jerry, and I didn’t get a whole lot of people for our book signing, I’d like to think that our presence, our various presentations, and the book giveaways at CommunityOne on Monday and Tuesday helped drive the book sales.

Thursday May 28, 2009

OpenSolaris Bible Book Signing at CommunityOne on Monday

It looks like Dave, Jerry, and I will be doing an OpenSolaris Bible book signing at CommunityOne on Monday from 3:30-4. Come by and take advantage of this rare opportunity to get signatures from all three of us simultaneously!

Also, here's one last plug for our presentations at CommunityOne. My “Developing On OpenSolaris” talk will be Monday morning at 10:50. Dave and Jerry will both be presenting that day as well. Then on Tuesday, Jerry and I will be part of a “Deploying OpenSolaris in Your Data Center” deep dive track. This track is completely free – you can register with the link below. See the full schedule here.

Finally, don't forget about the Cluster Summit on Sunday!

Thursday May 14, 2009

OpenSolaris CommunityOne Deep Dives are Free

As I mentioned previously, one of the talks I will be giving at CommunityOne West is part of a deep dive track, "Deploying OpenSolaris in your Datacenter." I'm pleased to announce that, contrary to the "official" CommunityOne information you might find elsewhere, this deep dive track is completely free. Just register with the "OSDDT" registration code.

Also, check out a nice summary of the OpenSolaris presence at CommunityOne. For the really curious, you can see our planning wiki.

Thursday May 07, 2009

At CommunityOne West June 1-2

I'm looking forward to the upcoming CommunityOne West conference in San Francisco at the beginning of June. This is a great event at which to learn about OpenSolaris and other FOSS software, and I'm particularly excited about the several opportunities that I'll have in which to share some information about OpenSolaris and Open HA Cluster.

On Monday, June 1, Dave and I will be giving two talks based on our book, OpenSolaris Bible.

The first talk, Developing on OpenSolaris will provide a tutorial on using OpenSolaris as your development platform, focusing on the features unique to OpenSolaris. This talk, at 10:50 AM, will kick off the "Developing On OpenSolaris" track.

Our second talk of the day, at 11:50 AM is titled, Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User. If you missed us at CommunityOne East, come check this one out, with revised and updated content for the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This presentation is part of the "Managing OpenSolaris" track.

Jerry, the third author on OpenSolaris Bible, will also be giving a talk on Monday at 1:40 PM on Virtualization in OpenSolaris.

Also on Monday, the three of us will do a book signing for OpenSolaris Bible, though the time and location haven't yet been finalized.

On Tuesday, Jerry and I will be part of a “deep dive” tutorial on Deploying OpenSolaris in your Datacenter. I'll cover High Availability, including SMF, FMA, and Open HA Cluster (of course!). Jerry will cover Zones. Additional topics will include ZFS.

Attendance at CommunityOne is completely free on Monday. I'm not sure yet if the deep dive on Tuesday will also be free.

When I'm not speaking, you can probably find me in the pavilion at the Open HA Cluster booth.

I hope to see you at Moscone in June! Also, don't forget about the Open HA Cluster Summit on the preceding Sunday, May 31.

Saturday Apr 11, 2009

Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User

Dave and I attended CommunityOne East last month in New York City and gave a talk called Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User based on our book, OpenSolaris Bible. Thanks to Deirdré Straughan, the presentation is now available online for free!

Because the book is almost 1000 pages and the talk was only fifty minutes, we were only able to scratch the surface of most topics. As I said at the beginning of the presentation, the talk could more accurately be titled, "Introduction to Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User." I started the presentation with an overview of the power features of OpenSolaris, and then we discussed three areas in more detail. Dave talked about the ZFS file system and some of the network virtualization features and I finished up with an overview of DTrace.

Without further ado, here's the presentation. And if you want to follow along at home, here are the slides.

You can also download the talk in mp4 format for your iPod.

If this talk piqued your interest, look for us at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in July, where we'll be doing a 3 1/2 hour version.

Friday Mar 06, 2009

At CommunityOne East March 18

I'm looking forward to attending the CommunityOne East conference in New York City the week after next. Dave and I will be giving a talk on Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User, based on our book, OpenSolaris Bible. This session will be at 4 PM in Breakout 5. Come learn about ZFS, DTrace, and more! Also check out the complete session schedule for some other great topics. If you're new to OpenSolaris, I particularly recommend the Moving to OpenSolaris talk at 10:10, also in Breakout 5.

When I'm not presenting, you'll probably be able to find me in the demo pavilion. Swing by for a sneak preview of project Colorado (Open HA Cluster running on OpenSolaris 2009.06), or for help installing OpenSolaris on your laptop.

Finally, Dave and I will be happy to sign any copies of OpenSolaris Bible that come our way!


Nick Solter is a software engineer and author living in Colorado.


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