It's Tuesday so that means LiveMink. I got the chance to speak with Dave Johnson last week and catch up on his work building Project SocialSite, a social graph framework exposed as widgets and web services for use by websites wanting to build collaborative communities. Both technically interesting and destined to be an important part of the social media scene, I'll be looking forward to seeing SocialSite in action.
If you survived the knockabout discussion in Tuesday's podcast, you'll want to give this second episode a chance. It was recorded during JavaOne this spring at the Sun Open Source Party ("unBOF") in the Thirsty Bear pub in San Francisco. It features Redmonk founder James Governor, Joe Hildebrand of Jabber (acquired by Cisco since the recording), Ross Turk of SourceForge, Silona Bonewald of the League of Technical Voters (among other things) and myself. We discuss all sorts of random stuff in a random way - hope you like it!
Since today is a travel day for me and I'm unlikely to find a chance to blog, I thought you might be interested to hear this podcast recorded during JavaOne this spring at the Sun Open Source Party in the Thirsty Bear pub in San Francisco. It features a round-table discussion with uber-journalist David Berlind, Redmonk founder James Governor and his colleague Michael Coté and myself in a raucous and opinionated discussion about whatever came to mind. There's another episode coming soon.
Of much more interest was what happened at lunchtime, however. I've heard plenty of accusations from certain OOXML proponents that all the noisy opposition to them is coming from extremist agitators and anarchists and should be ignored as a consequence. The (very un-Norwegian) activities in Oslo today seemed to suggest otherwise. As the International Herald Tribune reports, there was a demonstration and protest march by placard-wielding demonstrators on the streets of Oslo - see the local TV report. This in itself is unusual - Norway is not given to such outbursts - but there's more that makes it unusual.
This protest was organised not by extremist agitators but by Steve Pepper (who made a great speech), the widely respected chair of the SC34 mirror committee that reviewed OOXML for Standards Norway and by his colleagues. I asked them why they were taking this unusual step and they told me it was because the majority view of their committee had been ignored by Standards Norway. They are furious - Pepper has resigned. So there may be extremists involved in the protests against OOXML somewhere, but in the specific case of Norway the protesters are highly respected standards and business people who have been driven to extremes rather than starting from them.
Podcast Interview With Trond Heier
I also had the chance to interview the CEO of Linpro AS, a respected Norwegian open source service provider, about his reasons for taking part in the protest. You can listen to the podcast in either MP3 or Ogg format. Trond explains that the message Steve Pepper delivered was in English so that the Norwegian group could encourage other, similarly unhappy groups in other countries to speak out as well. The protest was held outside the building where JTC1 SC34 was holding a meeting.
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While I was in Australia last month I went to the Sydney OpenSolaris User Group, one of the oldest OSUGs. As part of the evening's casual conversation, I interviewed Alan Hargreaves. Alan was one of the first engineers in the OpenSolaris community to work on the telnetd bug that was zero-dayed onto the Solaris 10 community, and in this interview he describes a frantic day spent working on the defect. Some key quotes:
"This bug was a putback to kereberise telnetd"
"It didn't exist in OpenSolaris within about six hours of being reported"
"The actual fix was submitted by someone on one of the OpenSolaris discussion forums"
"It seems to me in this case closed source made the code less secure and open source fixed the problem"
It's been a busy week in Australia where I have been speaking at their CeBIT conference. I have given my keynote about five times in one form or another. I really enjoyed meeting the Sydney OpenSolaris User Group last night, and I recorded an interview with Alan Hargreaves about the telnetd issue he helped solve recently. I'll edit that into shape and put it out on LiveMink in the future. I also have an interview with Jeff Waugh in the queue.
I also sat on a show-floor panel with Linux Australia, and since I have a new Edirol R9 to play with I decided to try recording it. Here's an unusually long LiveMink, of variable quality, with that panel in it.
It's been a long haul, but I finally found time to edit the second part of my interview with Ian Murdock - apologies for the skipped podcasts.
This second interview is much longer than usual (half an hour) but includes all sorts of juicy goodness including Ian's views on Debian, Progeny, the Linux Foundation and more. Ian is very candid, I think you'll find it fascinating. Listen on!
After a missed episode last week (sorry, I was just burned out from the travel and started the Easter break early), LiveMink is back this week with the first of two interviews with Ian Murdock. The second interview is longer and ranges much further, but this one is a good place to start.
As you're doubtless aware, Ian has joined Sun to head up the operating systems strategy for the company, and brings with him a rich history of involvement in the area, not least with the semi-eponymous Debian. In this interview I caught him in the cafeteria at Sun Menlo Park just before his first big staff meeting and asked him about the job he was about to start, his views on OpenSolaris and more. Listen on!
The SDN TV series on open source comes to an end this week with a programme in which I interview three of the people making databases happen at Sun. Josh Berkus is well known in the PostgreSQL community, and also serves on the board of Software in the Public Interest, the non-profit that manages finances for them and for Debian. Sun offers commercial support for PostgreSQL on Solaris.
Rick Hillegas and Francois Orsini are part of the Apache Derby community and work on Sun's database product (yes, we have one), Java DB, which is a distribution of Apache Derby. Go take a look at the programme, which is available both as video and audio (I enclose the audio on SunMink since my LiveMink audience are, I assume, expecting a podcast).
I was honoured to be asked to give the opening keynote at the first ever OpenSolaris Developer Conference over in Berlin. The other keynote speaker was Roy Fielding, who like me is on the OpenSolaris Governing Board. Roy is scary smart, having written the Apache License, coined the term REST and defined the HTTP 1.1 protocol.
Roy was distracted by his upcoming keynote so we kept the interview really short, but his comments about the Waka protocol he's working on (a successor to HTTP) will be interesting to those without the patience to listen to the full Udell interview. Listen on!
Open Source Month continues over on SDN TV (have you subscribed yet?), and this week I interview Kuldip Oberoi about Sun Studio and about Solaris Express Developer Edition, and OSG candidate Glynn Foster about GNOME. If you've not tried Sun Studio go give it a try - it's a great development environment for the non-Java programmer.