My new role at Sun and a new group blog

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NetBeans has come a long way - it's been quite a ride for me as a NetBeans evangelist. When I joined Sun in 2004 I remember NetBeans having a community with estimated size of approx. 50.000 connected users. Now in mid of 2008 we're at over 500.000 (see the map of NetBeans users - this includes only those who are connected and are not behind restrictive firewalls). If you do the math, this is about 10x growth in less than 4 years - NetBeans became one of the best development environments worldwide for all kinds of programming languages. It's been great to be a part of the success - I have to admit I became quite emotionally connected to NetBeans and had a wonderful time with NetBeans community. Due to all this, it is quite difficult for me to announce that...

I am moving on to the next challenge. My new role at Sun is the role of an OpenSolaris evangelist. I am moving together with my colleagues Brian Leonard, Gregg Sporar and my manager Judith Lilienfeld. I will keep this blog and write from time to time about NetBeans (which has just become my hobby :) - at any case if you want to follow what me and my team are up to, you can subscribe to our new group blog "The Observatory" which is all about OpenSolaris for end users and developers.

P.S. Thanks to all the great people in NetBeans community both outside of Sun and at Sun for all the fun I had with NetBeans - keep rocking!

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Comments ( 26 )
  • Jim Grisanzio Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Welcome. :)

  • Emilian Bold Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    This is too bad Roumen as we never got to see eachother: I was actually looking forward of watching in person one of your famous NetBeans presentations, maybe even in Romania.

    Anyhow, I know you'll do a great job on the OpenSolaris side, where we might meet again.

  • Roman Rubio Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    I hope that OpenSolaris brings you to Mexico.

  • wp@hawaiilinux.us Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Could you also pay some attention to the integration of OpenSolaris/OpenOffice.org/NetBeans (i.e., providing an environment for OpenOffice.org automation in OpenSolaris). Thanks.

  • Roman Strobl Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Yes, making OpenSolaris a great platform for developers will be also something we want to push - and is part of the current focus already.

  • panosk7@hotmail.com Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Good luck with OpenSolaris Roman. I am sure that you will have the same success there as well :)

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Thanks for your support!

  • Martin Skála Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Hi Roumen, thx a lot for your really great work! Your presentations and screencasts were one of the things that lead me to Java and NetBeans. I hope you will do the same screencasts for OpenSolaris. It's great platform, but it really needs to be "evangelized" not only for developers but for real users too :o) Thank you again!

  • Dagi Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Roumen, it's something like to get on to of the Mount Everest without an oxygen tank on your back ;-). You are crazy enough to attempt it. So good lock dear friend!

    p.s. i hope you will stay in a touch with CZJUG, it's also your child.

  • Dagi Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    BTW you should change your blog motto to "On a quest to make OpenSoalris rock the world" :-D

  • Srikanth Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    I am very much disappointed to know that you are leaving NetBeans. We will certainly miss you. Your videos and sessions on NetBeans and your blog on NetBeans have been very good.

    I know you look for new challenge. All the best for you.

    Thanks for all that you have done for NetBeans community.


  • Tom Wheeler Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    I wish you the best of luck, Roman!

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Thanks guys! Dagi - sure I will stay in touch with CZJUG :)

  • Sven Reimers Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Really sad to hear you leave, it was a real pleasure reading your blog and meeting you at NetBeans Days. So hope to see and meet you somewhere around. Anyone taking over for you?

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Yes Sven, my colleagues from Sun corporate evangelism team will focus more on NetBeans and also some of our senior NetBeans engineers will travel a bit more.

  • Paris Apostolopoulos Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Good luck dude!!!

  • Ahmed Hashim Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Hi Roman, Thanks a lot for your efforts in Sun Microsystems and Netbeans team. You did a big number of presentation in conferences and events, very interesting demos online. You have a lot of fans in Egyptian JUG community.

    Best of luck in your new role. I am sure that OpenSolaris will move ahead with your efforts and power.

  • Roman Strobl Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Thanks Paris and Ahmed! :)

  • Varun Thursday, June 26, 2008


    Roman, I was shocked when I came across your last podcast, that you won't do any more NB podcasting! Since I joined the community, I could just follow your last 5 podcasts and it was real fun, enjoyable episodes!

    I think Sun is sending you to that community, to make it as popular as NetBeans, or even better than that! Hope to see OpenSolaris Podcasting soon ;-)

    Wish you and your team, good luck!

  • Roman Strobl Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Hi Varun, we (me, Gregg and Brian) are planning to start a new OpenSolaris podcast... but at first we need to learn a bit :)

  • Javier Castañón Wednesday, July 2, 2008

    Although I'm not a frequent NetBeans user, whenever I needed to check for news about NetBeans, your blog was my prime source. I felt dismayed when I learned you were reassigned. Congratulations, you made a great job and left behind you a void that will be difficult to be covered. I'm sure you're going to do great with the OpenSolaris team.

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, July 2, 2008

    Javier, thanks... but I wasn't reassigned - I chose to move to OpenSolaris evangelism together with the other members of my team, it's healthy to change one's job from time to time :)

  • Angad Singh Thursday, July 3, 2008

    All the best for your new role as an OpenSolaris evangelist. I am really looking forward to you hitting new strides on the OpenSolaris side and do as good as you did in Netbeans!

  • Ian Skerrett Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Good luck working on OpenSolaris.

  • Roman Strobl Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Thanks Ian.

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