Thursday Oct 25, 2007

The impression of the OpenSolaris Developers summit 2007 (1)


As I've mentioned in the previous post, the OpenSolaris developers summit was held in a beautiful city along the sea -- Santa Cruz, Oct. 13 to Oct. 14. I'm really lucky to be there because it's the first time that OpenSolaris community organized this event. It seems that there were some kind of pressures/doubts around before the beginning of the summit. But I want to say: The summit is a big success. It brought the happiness memory of the Firefox summit 2006 back to my mind. This is just what I feel an open source community should be, to connect people in an easy atmosphere.

However, nothing is perfect, even the weather became an obstacle for this event. Big rain stroke San Francisco at the eve of the summit. Traffic accidents happened on both sides of the high way. One telegraph pole was down because of the rain on our way to Santa Cruz. But we still showed up in the reception session at the bar, just a little bit late. Brendan Gregg was there too, and it's so nice that Mozilla DTrace was landed in Mozilla source tree finally, including the Mozilla DTrace framework and also the Javascript probes: 1 2 3. Nice to talk with the guys there, no matter whether I know their names or not. Anybody know why Ben always wear skirt? Because he is just so strong? One thing I had to mention is that the hotel is great. The big glass door faces the sea directly. We can watch the sunrise by just sitting in the balcony. It's really fantastic:-) There seems to be a pleasure ground along the sea, only open at night. A wharf goes to the mid of the sea. It provides a place for the seabirds to take a rest, some sea lions sleep down there at night, also for people to do fishing there.

University of California, Santa Cruz is another branch for UC, just like UC Berkeley, UCLA. It's located on the mountain area, seems to be the northwest part of Santa Cruz, with trees surrounding different buildings and some deers wandering on the road. The temperature is low in the morning and evening. I had to stand close to the heater at that time. But when sun goes up and shines in the sky. We could feel the warm immediately. Baskin Engineering 2 building is the place where we had the summit.

One thing amazing to me is that so many people in the states live in the mountain area, and stay far from each other. At the same time, they could enjoy the life with the supply of transportation(self own car), power, water... Maybe it's just because that I've got use to the situation that people live close to each other. And this is just so different.

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