FISL Conference Big Success for OpenSolaris
By Aaron Newcomb on Jun 29, 2009
FISL--the international free software conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil--was a huge success this year. Thousands and thousands of free software enthusiasts crowded in to hear over 400 speakers and interact with people from various organizations that has setup shop in the pavilion. A lot of interest was generated around OpenSolaris, Java and Glassfish due to the efforts of the local team in Brazil and all the volunteers that helped out. Some of the attendees even started literally singing the praises of Solaris ...
The president of Brazil stopped in on Friday and addressed the crowd saying how important free software was and that "Free software prevailed [in Brazil] and we don't need to buy any more only what Microsoft wants to sell". Hopefully Brazil will become even more of an example of how governments can and should adopt open source software.
What does all this have to do with OpenStorage you ask? For Sun it means a lot since we are using OpenSolaris as the underlying operating system of many of our OpenStorage products such as the 7000 Unifed Storage Systems. More users and developers will lead to an improved and more secure operating system and so OpenStorage will reap these benefits as well. Also conferences and other events like these around the world are showing that users and companies are more than ready to adopt products built on open source software. Just ask the Brazilian government or the Bank of Brazil who had booths at the conference showing how they are using open source software to run their organizations.
Congratulations to the FISL organizing team and the Sun team for making the event such a big success this year!