Glassfish@FOSS.IN/2005

Project Glassfish was one of the Free and Open Source Software from Sun that was at FOSS.IN/2005 . A bunch of bloggers have already written about what FOSS.IN/2005 is and what to expect . We also had the Open Solaris team with the Open Solaris project on show. Project Glassfish had two of the five pods that formed Sun's booth.
I was there at the event two out of the four days it was held and I spent almost all the time at the Sun booth . Well ! almost because I spent some time looking around the conference expo and getting myself something to eat.
It had been a hectic week for the entire glassfish team here at Bangalore trying put togther presentations and demos for the Application Server features and use of Netbeans with Glassfish. A round of applause to all the folks who chipped at short notice. A closer look at the Netbeans Demo is here .
We thought close to 500 people visted our pod in the four days from Vov29th till Dec 2nd and the Sun booth had the biggest crowd. Incidentally Google had a booth right across Sun's booth , which would have looked more "in-place" in a job fair.
Siva and Binod spoke about Project Glassfish in a session on Day1 . Given that the session got postponed to 5:00 PM , the crowd of 50 odd people who attended seemed good.
The crowd at the conference consisted predominantly of OS hacker , system administrators, people working for ISV , enterprise software developers and college students. There was a lot of curiousity about what Glassfish was, and on what an Application Server was. There were quite a few people who were keen on NetBeans and wanted a CD. Well, in a bandwidth starved country like India , you make more followers when you give away software on a CD rather than a URL to download it from. The GlassFish CDs were a hit and there was a demand for the NetBeans IDE and JDK on a CD too. ( Note to self : Next time get all these stuff on a CD ... the chances someone is going to try the software multiplies ). One question that struck me over and over again was people asking if the Application Server would work on Linux too ! I was way too happy to say "Of Course ! it does . And by the way if you are on Windows , we have one that works on Windows too".
Incidentally Project Looking Glass seems to have captured some attention here and there were quite a few people who came to the GlassFish pod asking for Looking Glass. Well they got that too ! We had a Looking Glass demo running at the Sun booth on Day3 and 4 thanks to Prakash Jalan.
Looking back , I believe Project Glass Fish was at the right place at FOSS.IN , but if we had made a better buzz about it it could have grabbed even more attention. Neverthless , a lot of people who attended went back with an "awareness" about Glass Fish. It would be worthwhile to get some of the student community attention on us , given the number of students that showed interest in these four days.

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