What do Sun Studio 12, Project D-Light and SXDE have in common.

Today feels good. In fact today feels exactly like the day after the finals when I can finally stop running like a chicken with its head cut off and focus on import stuff (like writing this very blog entry for example ;-)). Because you see, today is the day when two of the projects I consider to be my personal ones have reached important milestones: Sun Studio 12 is now officially released as a full fledged fully supported suite of compilers and tools for Solaris and Linux. And at the same time Project D-Light has made its first public appearance as part of the Sun Studio Express - June 2007 Build. As I said, these two are very personal (which is not to say that I was the only one who worked on them) yet very different projects. The first one (Sun Studio 12 compilers on Linux) started out as a true skunk works and by the time we got any public exposure we actually had a pretty decent implementation already so the only logical question to ask was: when should we ship it? Project D-Light on the other hand got exposed right after the idea for it ripped through the management chain Alien-style at the time where we didn't really have much functionality to write home about. So what do these two projects and Solaris Express Developer Edition (which is supposed to have its next release available any minute now) have in common? The answer is quite simple -- you. Yes -- YOU, our users, early adopters and loyal customers. Without your support nothing of what makes me proud today would have been possible. Not Sun Studio 12, nor Project D-Light. I wish to thank you and once again ask for the only thing that matters: your feedback. Sun Studio 12 and compilers for Linux ended up a success in large because you clearly showed your interest at our Sun Studio for Linux Forum. I truly hope that Project D-Light has a chance of following that road to success. The Sun Studio Tools Forum awaits!

P.S. As for Solaris Express Developer Edition I keep entertaining the idea of hijacking it and turning into my third personal project. Although it feels like I might be biting off way more than I can chew ;-)
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