By Brian Leonard on Sep 24, 2008
The Connecticut OpenSolaris User Group launched in style last night at The Hartford Club, probably one of the more swanky places to host an OSUG. This is the same club to which Mark Twain belonged. Check out its Famous Guests list.
As expected most of the big insurance companies were in attendance, including The Hartford and Travelers.
Isaac Rozenfeld, who came up from New York, led off appropriately with an introduction to OpenSolaris, covering the project, the community and the distribution.
The real treat for this group (no offense to you Isaac), was that George Wilson, one of the ZFS engineers, was in town from California to do some work with CIGNA, and the local team wisely roped him into presenting to the user group. George gave a version of ZFS - The Last Word in File Systems. It was fantastic to hear the presentation from someone who knows ZFS like the back of his hand (which you can clearly see in the picture below).
When the event wrapped up, and I'm not making this up, the group retired to the smoking lounge for drinks and cigars. I regret not getting a picture of the group sitting around the lounge smoking cigars, with one member playing music on the grand piano while trophy buck heads looked down on them from the walls above.
Overall, it was a great opportunity for me to meet a bunch of local folks interested in OpenSolaris, both inside and outside of Sun. There are already plans for next month's meeting, so if you're in the Connecticut or Western Massachusetts area, join the mailing list to keep informed.
Finally, a big thanks to F3 Technology Partners for hosting the event with so much style.