OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Launched

(Updated)

The new OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board was just announced, and met for the first time, here in San Francisco. I'm delighted and honoured to have been named as one of Sun's two representatives. We also had a long conversation about Sun and open source with Jonathan Schwartz, who spent over 90 minutes in casual but impeccably informed conversation.

We actually had a pretty effective meeting considering it was the first time any of us had met. We discussed our charter (which is to devise and propose a model for defining how OpenSolaris is "governed"), our views on governance (and Roy's experiences at Apache are already proving invaluable), the need for transparency (we'll have a mailing list with public archives set up soon), how to make decisions (we prefer consensus and can't really see why any decision that the five of us can't agree should be made), how to run meetings (we'll take it in turns to chair them, we're a group of peers) and more - we asked Jim Grisanzio to act as secretary for the CAB and he has all the notes.

All in all, this is very exciting. Some may mock OpenSolaris as just a marketing exercise but it was obvious from the CAB meeting that that's not the case. The focus on the technical aspects of governance is already emerging - topics such as version control and the handling of binary-only components are high on the list - and I think OpenSolaris stands every chance of empowering a significant slice of the huge, global Solaris community to engage directly with the code on which they rely. The open source meta-community is getting a huge infusion of new members and today was a very important step in making it happen.


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