Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

BJOSUG 18: Three Perspectives on OpenSolaris

At last Thursday's Beijing OpenSolaris User Group meeting, we had three different perspectives on OpenSolaris.

Jim Hughes

Our first presentation was a special guest appearance by the always effervescent Jim Hughes, Sun Fellow and Solaris Chief Technology Officer. Jim outlined four features of OpenSolaris that make it such a compelling operating environment:
  • Familiarity (to those used a Linux look and feel)
  • ZFS Root
  • New patching mechanism
  • New packaging mechanism
And, gave some excellent background on each of them. Here is a picture of Jim making a point about the OpenSolaris CD, and showing how to make a point without a pointer.

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Aubrey Li

Aubrey Li, a Senior Software Engineer at the Open Source Technology Center of Intel in Shanghai then spoke about an OpenSolaris Developer's Start-up Guide which he wrote. Audrey also answered a lot of questions from folks in attendance.

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Sun ZhongYuan

Lastly, Sun ZhongYuan, a member of the HCTS team at Sun, spoke about using OpenSolaris productively with such tools as VirtualBox and Wine. DSC_2646.jpg

Special credit goes to Simon Sun, who organized and hosted this month's meeting.

More pictures of the event can be found here.

Sunday Jan 13, 2008

BJOSUG, 10JAN08: OpenSolaris, xVM, and ZFS

We had our first Beijing OpenSolaris User Group (BJOSUG) meeting of the year on January 10th:

  Topic Presenter

OpenSolaris Amiram Hayardeny
xVM Alex Peng
ZFS Robin Guo

160 people attended dinner and the meeting, with a good representation from developers, sys admins, students, and Sun employees. Also, our friends from the Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG) were there (we have folks attending both group meetings, and hope to plan some joint activities soon).

I've got the set of pictures from the evening posted here, but will share a few choice ones.

 
20080110-1395.jpg The meeting was held in a brand-new conference room in Wing A of the Technology Plaza in Tsinghua Science Park.
20080110-1403.jpg Some of the BJSOUG core team (btw, I really do mean team - it was a great experience working together on this meeting - I'm looking forward to our next one!) and one of the first arrivals to the meeting.
20080110-1408.jpg Pizza, spaghetti, and drinks for 160. Food wasn't allowed in the conference room, so folks ate in the hallway. And, yep, it was from Mr. Pizza.
20080110-1414.jpg The conference room right before the meeting started.
20080110-1419.jpg Joey throwing t-shirts and working the crowd.
20080110-1422.jpg Amiram making a point during his keynote OpenSolaris presentation.
20080110-1439.jpg Alex talking about XEN and xVM.
20080110-1445.jpg Robin talking about ZFS.
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