Report from GlassFish Community Event and Party

Yesterday was our GlassFish Community Event, at Moscone South, and the Party, at The Thirsty Bear.  I think both worked very well.

The Community Event (Unconference+BOF hybrid) was first at 2:30.  We didn't take attendance, but the room was set up for 165 ppl and it was standing room only.  Great audience, with most folks staying til when we shut things down to get ready for the OOW keynote, a bit before 5pm.

Alexis was MC, then John gave an overview of the releases and discussed futures as well as positioning with WebLogic Server.  Alexis then showed some demos, using screencasts from GlassFishVideos to save time.  I showed the GlassFish 3 Community Poster and proposed a few categories to give away free posters but we decided to punt on that until today's BOF (more on this below).

Next was breakup-groups to discuss different topics.  We had three main areas: GlassFish and Cloud, Adoption of JavaEE 6 and Non-Oracle Contributions to GlassFish.  The first two groups were extremely active, the last one not so much, but later I got a few good discussions on that topic during the party.  We ended with some demos of RedFX, built using GlassFish 3, by Johan Vos.

Overall, an excellent get-together.  We could have used a bigger room for the breakouts and maybe a bit more time to pace things better, but very good.  Only oops was the t-shirt riot created by my mismanaging of the t-shirts :)

After a break to attend the OOW keynote by Larry Ellison, we moved to The Thirsty Bear for the party, which was just excellent.  Many community friends showed up, new (Steve Harris and Mike Lehman) and old (James Gosling).  I had several very good conversations from groups interested in contributing to GlassFish and I hope to report more in the near future.

A number of folks took pictures during the events, see Arun's report and our FaceBook album.

This evening, Monday, at 8:30 is GlassFish Roadmap and Strategy (BOF - S314737).  Location is Moscone South, Rm 307.  Adam and John will be hosting the event and will go into full detail on the Roadmap and I will bring more T-Shirts! I also hope to also bring a few posters (printers cooperating) to give away and to help you get ready for that, here are some of the tentative questions:

  • Earliest GlassFish v1 system in production
  • Earliest GlassFish v3 system in production
  • Largest number of installations
  • Largest Cluster Size
  • Most Downloads w/ GlassFish (OEM)
  • Most Users Served

Also, if you can't attend, send me email with your "bid" (pelegri at sun dot com is still a good shorthand).  If you win, I'll contact you to get you the poster. See you this evening.

Added Other reports from the party:

Comments:

Great news!

Is there a non-Facebook version of the poster available?

I can't view it and I don't want to create a FB account.

Posted by Matthias Fraass on September 20, 2010 at 03:51 AM PDT #

Here you go, but no promises I'll keep the link active forever, it is 1.3MB and I may replace it with a better location

http://blogs.sun.com/theaquarium/resource/GlassFish3-CommunityPoster-hires-v1.jpg

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 20, 2010 at 04:21 AM PDT #

Also, I need to refresh the list of contributors, and debug it. So, zoom in, see if your (java.net) Id is there, and let us know. There are >2700 names in there...
I probably should start a different post on this, pointing to the original list of contributors. More in a future post, for now, enjoy!

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 20, 2010 at 04:23 AM PDT #

Hey that was quick!
Thank you!

Posted by Matthias Fraass on September 20, 2010 at 05:23 AM PDT #

We aim to please.
BTW, I am planning to bring a few posters to the BOF this evening. SO far, everybody that has seen them likes them... and go look for their name :-)

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT #

Hi, i'm new to open source community. I'm planning to use the open source / community editions of glassfish, opensso and openDS.

Now i understand from Oracle that after they tookover Sun, these products have "ceased" to be opensource any more. Additionally, anyone using these need to buy license from Oracle?

Is this the case? Or the open source versions are still very much available for us to use? What kind of license these softwares are available under? Appreciate if someone can guide me on this. Thks.

Posted by Vikas Sawhney on September 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM PDT #

The situation varies with the projects.

In the case of GlassFish, pretty much nothing has changed - full details are at the roadmap that we presented a couple of months ago [1] which is still valid, with only minor updates.

In a nutshell, we continue to be an open source project that builds a production-ready application server. Oracle has a commercial distribution that \*adds\* a few features and supports commercially.

Hope this helps.

[1] http://glassfish.org/roadmap

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 22, 2010 at 01:40 AM PDT #

BTW, ESPN.com won easily on deployment sizes during the Monday BOF. More on this on a follow-up post.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 22, 2010 at 03:45 PM PDT #

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