All I can say is Wow!
By scottdickson on Nov 09, 2005
The Atlanta OpenSolaris User Group kicked off last night with just over 50 attendees! There were about 30 who had signed up beforehand, and I would have been happy with 20 for this first meeting. I was floored that we had SRO. All the food was gone; all the soda was gone; all the shirts were gone!
The crowd braved the fierce Atlanta traffic to convene at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel. Our future meetings will be held on campus at Georgia Tech, where we hope that students will get involved with OpenSolaris. As it turns out, the Atlanta Telecom Professionals were having their annual awards Gala at the same hotel, so it really was a case of braving the crowds and traffic.
But, just over 50 people turned out from all over town. Customers, iForce partners, recruiters, integrators, universities, commercial, Sun engineers - all sorts of folks.
As this was an organizational event, we talked about meeting mechanics, frequency, etc. As I said, our future meetings, held the 2nd Tuesday of odd-numbered months, will be in the Georgia Tech Student Center in mid-town Atlanta at 7:00PM, with networking and refreshments starting around 6:30. We're taking a lesson from the venerable Atlanta Unix Users Group and not trying to get complicated or fancy in our structure. Each meeting will include time for discussion, Q&A, and a presentation. We invite partners to sponsor meetings and help defray the cost of the refreshments, etc.
Our kickoff presentation was an overview of OpenSolaris. Much thanks to Jerry Jelinek, whose slides provided a lot of background. You can find a recap of the meeting with photos and the slides here.
I think we're off to a great start! We have sponsors fighting over who gets to sponsor upcoming meetings, and we have speakers volunteering for most of the next year already! We may have to meet more frequently to get the speakers in.
Thanks so much to the folks who have been a great help, and will continue to be a great help - Crystal Nichols from Intelligent Technology Systems for covering logistics, and to George Wilson and Don Deal from Sun's Sustaining Engineering group for technical backup.
We'll see everyone at the next meeting on January 10!