London OSUG sort-of-report

Well, I'm home at last - got back yesterday after the Gartner Open Source Summit in Orlando (which I have promised our Analyst Relations people I'll not comment on), ApacheCon in San Diego (where I spoke and we announced Java DB), a round-table on OASIS ODF in San Francisco (of which more tomorrow) and a party Friday followed bythe chance to see the Narnia film.

"Home", of course, just tells you the country, as I've been in London at the OpenSolaris User Group meeting there. We had a way-deep presentation on DTrace internals and then a tantalising glimpse of BrandZ running a Linux distribution, with Adam Leventhal showing how to DTrace into the running Linux applications. That's going to be such a hot tool for everyone, Linux developers included (and we have plenty of them at Sun actually). I had to leave early, but not before the ZFS discussion and demo showed me plenty of reasons why it's such a revolutionary file system - designed to work by reference rather than by value so that data integrity is assured, and virtualising just about everything to allow unparalleled flexibility.

Home-home again now, hopefully until the new year. All I need to do now is get so I'm tired before 3am...

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