By swalker on Jul 10, 2008
Monday, July 7th, 2008 was my first day as a Sun Employee. I never dreamed I would be here. The road here has certainly be an interesting one.
I've spent many years involved in various open source projects and communities. However, the OpenSolaris community was the first one to really grab my heart and attention for any significant length of time.
That's why when I was finally given the opportunity to work for Sun, I could think of nothing else I'd rather do. I believe in what Sun is doing; they're not just changing their business model, opening source code, or doing their best to keep shareholders happy -- they're trying to bridge the digital divide.
The digital divide is what separates our society as a whole from truly communicating or achieving their goals. When people are of one heart and one mind, they can achieve great things.
It is my belief that Sun, through open standards, open technology, and open processes is the company that can empower others to bridge that divide and ultimately bring people together.
Lots of companies claim to be innovators, but ultimately are just lining their own pockets.
I believe that Sun has realized what few others have: True innovation is when you empower people in such a way that they can improve their own lives and that of others.
I can't think of anything greater that I'd want to be a part of, can you?
Update: I've had a few people ask what I will be doing here at Sun and in what area. In short, I'm part of Solaris Kernel Engineering. I'll be working with the great folks on the ips team to bring the new packaging system up to speed. Specifically, I will initially be doing a lot of work on the web interface / repository and assisting wherever else is needed. I'm currently working from Overland Park, KS.