Monday May 05, 2008

OpenSolaris Released

By this time, I hope most of you have heard this news about the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05. In case, you haven't heard this news, visit OpenSolaris Home Page for more details. Alternatively, jump to this page to download or order a free media. Enjoy the OpenSolaris Experience.

Sunday Mar 02, 2008

The Final Day

There is a German proverb which says, "Aller guten Dinge sind drei," meaning, "All good things are three." [Translate it here]. It's no coincidence then that a good event like Sun Tech Days last only for three days. Friday, February the 29th was the final day of Sun Tech Days 2008. A memorable one indeed and as my boss reminded, for another Feb 29th like this, it would take four long years .

Third and the final day of Sun Tech Days 2008 was meant for the community. It was rightly called as the Community Day. Who else could address us better on such an important day than this man below, whom you would all know as the founder of Debian project. Why did a Linux guy join Sun? Hear it from the man himself here.



Ian clarified that what people meant when they say they want Linux is not actually Linux, but a Linux Kernel and lot of softwares on top of it. He pointed out that the idea of having a variety of distro available wasn't really a good one and further took his discussion to mention about Sun's decision to combine the powerful features of Solaris with good and useful utilities from other side of the world (free and open source softwares like Mozilla, Thunderbird to name a few). After joining Sun as the Chief Operating System Strategist, Ian recalls the first step taken to close Solaris 'usability gap.' I don't think it would be out of context to guide you to an interview with Ian that I read an year back or so. Please click here to read it.

Ian shared with us how excited he was to hear the news about Sun's decision of open sourcing Solaris Operating System, upon which he browsed the official OpenSolaris website only to discover how complicated a process was it to get the OpenSolaris up and running. His blog would supplement what I just mentioned above. And hence Project Indiana. Know more about it and get OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 [code named: Project Indiana] here.

Ian quickly ran through the breakthrough features in Solaris like DTrace, ZFS etc. and detailed about the new and exciting Image Packaging System.

Ian then reiterated the business model of Sun making it clear to all of us how a bunch of "Garage Engineers," who wouldn't have much money initially would try to get only those products (read softwares) that are freely and easily available, support their business on their own and when their business would flourish, they may possess enough money but not sufficient time to scale up their infrastructure or even to support themselves, which is when they would start turning to the appropriate vendors to support their business. Gee, that's when Sun chips in.

Overall, this last keynote of Sun Tech Days 2008 by Ian Murdock was fantastic and offered a perfect foundation for the Community Day.

After Ian's keynote, prizes were distributed to the Code For Freedom winners. It's a motivation to see a lot of University students participating in such programs. They have every opportunity for going places for sure. You can find the detailed list of Code For Freedom winners here.

Matt Thompson picked up a lucky winner (by shuffling), who got to carry back the last available Java Jacket.

After this event I rushed to join my colleague Ajay Ahuja to participate in a presentation on Solaris 10 Features Workshop. It was a full day program with around 50 participants sitting through the whole day, performing hands-on practice on various features of Solaris 10. Ajay led the show and I chipped in and spoke whenever required. Overall it was a very satisfying effort and I felt happy to be a part of such an event.



More than a hundred and fifty machines were installed with Solaris 10 OS for conducting our session as well as a Web 2.0 session taught by Stacy Thurston. Alongside Stacy and Ajay, you would those gentlemen who were responsible for setting up the lab for conducting our sessions. Great job folks!



These three good days went like three hours. But I am sure the organizers of this event would have spent several sleepless nights to make this event the largest ever in the history of Sun Tech Days. Kudos to all those worked behind the scenes to make this happen. It's sad that the next edition of this World Wide Developer Conference is one year away from now. Thankfully, I have enough recollections from the Sun Tech Days 2008 concluded at Hyderabad, the sweetness of which I intent to carry forward at least until the next Tech Days.
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