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Thanks for all the comments. We're working on fixing the formatting issue - apparently we can enable "autoformat", which converts line feeds to HTML line breaks, but it needs to be set site-wide. If you have long comments, you can always send them by email to first.last@sun.com (replacing "first" and "last" with my name, obviously). Be sure to include whether I can post your comments or should keep them private, and whether I should use your name if I post them.

Alan Hargreaves suggests creating a BigAdmin forum for open source discussions, rather than using blogs. I think the general idea of a discussion forum is a good one, but BigAdmin doesn't really seem like the right place; it's more for technical discussions about specific technologies. In any case, lacking a good alternative, I'd like to use this blog as a medium for communicating (both ways) outside of "official" channels. Obviously, when the open source project goes live (perhaps earlier) we'll have discussion forums, mailing lists, etc.. (IRC, anyone?)

Alan also points out an article about open source Solaris in Fortune, discussing a letter the author received from Jonathan Schwartz. The text of the letter is included, and may be of interest to those wondering why we think this is a good idea for Sun, as opposed to the community.

Comments:

I've asked for this before, but if you have some pull with the BigAdmin/Forum folks that'd be handy... we need a general Solaris10 forum for all issues. Currently being limited to Zones, DTrace and PSH (not on the index yet) isn't quite enough for all the features in 10, not to mention all the other topics and discusions surrounding this monumental release.

Posted by benr on June 26, 2004 at 07:44 PM PDT #

Oh, and now that I think about it, a Sun IRC server would be so unbelievably kool. We could have multiple channels for diffrent topics, and a wide variety of folks could get instant questions/answers to problems, without using slow mailing lists or forums. Furthermore, a Sun only IRC server would keep us away from all the mindless "slowaris" comments that bombard freenode Solaris users. \\(\^_\^)/

Posted by benr on June 26, 2004 at 07:48 PM PDT #

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