14 June 2006

Happy First Birthday OpenSolaris

It is hard to believe that a year has already passed. So much has happened in the OpenSolaris community since the project was first officially launched. The most important of these things to me have been: charter establishment, release of binaries for libm, sccs, and make, release of the solaris packaging software and code, the establishment of the desktop and laptop communities, the release of a ndis wrapper and configuration tool, and the selection of a distributed source code management system.

Looking back, I was able to submit several small patches that were later integrated into the OpenSolaris project. While these patches were trivial in nature, each bit was an expression of my appreciation for the contribution that SUN has made to the community. In addition, it was a joy to work with people such as Dan Mick and others at SUN that helped integrate my changes. The community and people inside of SUN have provided a veritable cornucopia of useful resources. Some of the resources and people that helped me over the last year include:

* Dan Mick's blog postings, such as a posting about diagnosing kernel troubles. Dan also provided extensive personal assistance that helped get me through several technical hurdles, and the code integration process.

* Bryan Cantrill's blog with heaps of postings about DTrace.

* Ben Rockwood's blog with several introductions to Solaris methodology, as well as an important resource for Solaris enlightenment addicts.

* Alan Hargreave's blog. Chock full of reflections on Solaris/OpenSolaris, life, technical information, and most important of all: brewing information.

* Jim Grisanzio's blog, for a great perspective on the community, and for being a righteous defender of all that is just.

* Glynn Foster (aka Gman), whose tireless assistance with JDS was quite helpful.

* Dennis Clarke, who has provided a significant amount of resources through blastwave.org, to ensure that community members have access to a high quality resource for software. Not only has Dennis provided this service free to the community for years, but he has also provided resources for developers to build and provide that software to the community.

Those are just a few examples of great resources and people that are part of the OpenSolaris community.

In the near future, I hope to pick back up some of my patches that I had to previously abandon due to a sudden career change and past schedule demands for University. I've been writing code since I was a child, and programming for almost eighteen years. Yet, after all of these years, I still enjoy doing so. My contributions to the OpenSolaris project have been a labor of love, and I look forward to contributing more over the years to come.

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